Antwan Staley: Aaron Rodgers and the Jets need each other as both have something to prove

After weeks of publicly saying all the right things, Aaron Rodgers finally acknowledged that he and the Packers are headed for a divorce.

As a result of the messy breakup, Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday afternoon that he intends to play for the Jets next season. He isn’t ready to retire, he is ready to prove a point.

The tipping point for the superstar quarterback was finding out the Packers were apparently looking to ship him out without his knowledge.

But as a hip-hop artist Macklemore once said, one man’s trash is another man’s come-up. As the details of the trade continue to be worked out between the Jets and Packers, Gang Green hopes Rodgers is the key to coming out of years of being in the NFL abyss.

The Jets need Rodgers as much as Rodgers needs the Jets at this point. Both sides have something to prove to others in the league and to themselves.

For the Jets, it’s simple. They desperately need a veteran quarterback that can help them keep up with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Josh Allen in a stacked AFC.

Last season, the Jets defense kept them in games. Gang Green was fourth in the league in yards allowed (311.1 per game) and points allowed (18.6). However, the defense can only do so much and Robert Saleh’s club lost many close games because they were completely overmatched at the game’s most important position.

Three different quarterbacks started games for the Jets last season for an offense that finished 25th in total offense (318.1 yards per game) and 29th in points (17.4). That doesn’t even include Chris Streveler, who played in the second half of the Jets loss against the Jaguars last December after being promoted from the practice squad.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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