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Davante Adams’ agents refuted trade rumors about the receiver Tuesday, calling them “baseless, unfounded speculation.” Adams tried to do his part to squash the talk during Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast released Wednesday.

Adams, though, appeared to leave the door open for a future reunion with Aaron Rodgers despite being “locked in with the Raiders.”

“If I were to be reunited with anybody, it would be with Aaron, or be relocated anywhere, it would be with Aaron,” Adams told Sharpe, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “There’s a lot of stuff last year in the media with them asking ... they talk about whatever without me even being involved in it. It ended up getting all the way to the point where it got in the locker room and people was thinking that I was the driving force.”

Adams has 622 catches for 7,590 yards and 69 touchdowns in 108 games with Rodgers, per statmuse.com, and he made the Pro Bowl five times with the Packers.

Rodgers stoked the rumors of a reunion with Adams during the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe last week, telling a fan, “I love Davante. I can’t wait to play with him . . . again.”

Rodgers’ current WR1, Garrett Wilson, later said he’s in favor of an Adams’ trade to New York.

Packers running back Josh Jacobs, who was teammates with Adams in Las Vegas, has said he “reached out” to Adams about a return to Green Bay.

Adams, though, is staying right where he is, at least for the time being.


As the Jets explored the possibility of hiring an offensive coordinator to coordinate the offense coordinated by Nathaniel Hackett, an offensive coordinator who did the job well enough in Tennessee to become a head coach was contacted.

As reported by Dianna Russini of TheAthletic.com, former Falcons coach Arthur Smith was “talked to about possibly being part of the play-calling process.”

PFT has confirmed that there were communications. However, we’re told that Smith wasn’t interested, in part because the role wasn’t clear.

The job Smith now has — Steelers offensive coordinator — is the one Smith wanted. Once it was offered, that was that.

The report makes far more tangible the reporting that the Jets were looking for someone who would supervise the man who supervises the offense. The more direct approach would have been to fire Hackett and hire a new coordinator. And that might have happened, if the starting quarterback who wanted Hackett to be the offensive coordinator would have allowed it.


Jets rookies report to training camp on Thursday and all of their draft picks will be under contract once they arrive at the team’s facility.

Third-round pick Malachi Corley was the last of the players without a deal, but multiple reports indicate that he has agreed to his four-year rookie deal with the team. The wideout’s agreement leaves just a few 2024 draft picks to sign before the entire draft class is under contract.

Corley was taken with the first pick of the third round after the Jets traded up with the Panthers. Corley made a name for himself picking up yards after the catch while at Western Kentucky and had 79 receptions for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams are set to be the other lead targets for Aaron Rodgers this season. There’s been plenty of chatter about Davante Adams as well, but the Raiders wideout’s agents say nothing is doing on the trade front at the moment.


The NFL has made a revolutionary change to the kickoff rule. It could have massive changes to the game — or perhaps none at all.

Jets special-teams coordinator Brant Boyer recently added to the chorus of voices addressing a new formation and approach that, ideally, will result in many more live plays.

“It’s a big challenge with all these new rules,” Boyer said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “It’s kind of a wait-and-see kind of deal, and you see what fits and what works and what kicks are best and who’s doing it, all that stuff. I think there’s a huge unknown, to be honest with you. We’ve done nothing but study and study and study, and been in here almost every day, to be honest with you, trying to figure out what’s going to work best, but nobody knows until you strap it up and the preseason games start.”

It will be interesting to see the balance that teams strike between experimenting with the new rule and keeping their plans for the games that count close to the vest. The Jets, based on Boyer’s comments, apparently plan to use the three-game preseason to figure out how it will work.

“It all looks good on paper what we all have planned and what we try to do, but at the end of the day, nobody knows until we get out there in the preseason, and that’s the truth,” Boyer said.

The real question, as we’ve discussed on multiple occasions, is whether teams will put the ball in play or kick if out of the end zone and concede the 30. With the expected average field position being in the range of the 28 or 29, why not just give up the extra yard and avoid the risk of a long return or a touchdown?

All coaches will surely be asking themselves that question. Many of them might decide not to pin their careers on becoming guinea pigs for the league’s effort to resuscitate a play it had slowly suffocated.


Ravens rookies are the first players reporting to training camp, but it won’t be long before members of all 32 teams are up and running.

That includes the long-awaited return to action for Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers tore his Achilles four plays into last season and shut down any comeback plans late in the regular season as the team fell out of contention, so it’s been a long wait for him to get back in the lineup.

Rodgers did take part in offseason work before skipping mandatory minicamp for a trip to Egypt. In an interview with NBC Sports while taking part in the American Century Championship golf tournament, Rodgers said that the final hole on Sunday will mark the end of his time off ahead of the 2024 season.

“My Achilles feels good, you know, I felt really good at the end of last year,” Rodgers said. “There’s always that kind of plateau part. It’s just about getting back into it. I felt good all spring. Had a beautiful trip to Egypt. This is like the last marker. Summer’s over on Sunday. Walking up on 18 is like super bittersweet, but it’s fun to be out.”

Jets rookies are set to report to camp on July 18 and the team is scheduled to hold its first full squad practice on July 24.