Aaron Rodgers has provided the New York Jets with a wish list of free agents that he’d like the team to target and acquire, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
Per the report, Rodgers would like the Jets to turn their attention to wideout Odell Beckham Jr., as well as Green Bay Packers wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and tight end Marcedes Lewis.
It is not immediately known if acquiring all, some or any of the names on Rodgers’ reported wish list is contingent to the quarterback joining the Jets.
The Jets got to work on that checklist Tuesday afternoon by working to finalize a four-year, $44 million deal with Lazard, The Score and NFL Network reported.
Lazard, 27, caught 60 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns in 15 starts in 2022. He has 169 receptions for 2,236 yards and 20 TDs in 57 games (40 starts) since signing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2018.
New Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett worked with Rodgers, Lazard, Cobb and Lewis when he held the same position in Green Bay from 2019-21.
As for Beckham, multiple reports said he is looking for a deal in the range of $20 million per season.
Beckham, 30, missed all of last season after tearing his left ACL during the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Feb. 13, 2022.
He was linked at various times throughout the 2022 season with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills but remained unsigned.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Beckham has 531 catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 career games (91 starts) with the Giants (2014-18), Cleveland Browns (2019-21) and Rams. He exceeded 1,000 receiving yards in five of his first six seasons.
Cobb, 32, recorded 34 receptions for 417 yards and one score in 13 games (three starts) for Green Bay in 2022. He has 625 catches for 7,585 yards and 53 TDs in 155 games (87 starts) with the Packers (2011-18, 2021-22), Cowboys (2019) and Houston Texans (2020).
Lewis, 38, had six catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games (all starts) last season. He has 432 receptions for 5,084 yards and 39 scores in 251 career games (221 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2006-17) and Packers (2018-22).
Pro Football Network reported Monday that the deal to send Rodgers to the Jets “is done.”
No trades for players under contract can be made official until the first day of the NFL league year on Wednesday.
–Field Level Media