As the Jets enter an offseason in which they are expected to acquire a veteran quarterback, star rookie cornerback Soos Gardner is sparking rumors on social media about who that could be.
The favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award recently posted a tweet in which he tagged Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Although he has since deleted the tweet, Gardner appeared on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Tuesday and said, “I know a little bit about something…” in reference to speculation that The Jets could trade for Rodgers.
At an event to promote the TUMS WORDY sweepstakes game Tuesday night in Manhattan, Gardner answered more questions about the Jets’ offseason.
“No, I was just trolling,” Gardner insisted when asked about his remarks on “Good Morning Football.”
Asked about the Jets’ expectations for the 2023 season, Gardner said: “Man, whether we land [a quarterback] Or not, we’re trying to get to the Super Bowl. We have to get to the playoffs first.”
Gardner and his teammates are certainly crossing their fingers for a quarterback splash. Along with tweeting about Rodgers, Gardner also had some words for Derek Carr, who is expected to be released by the Raiders on Feb. 15 if they haven’t traded him by then.
All the Jets players can do is sit back and wait to see what the front office moves.
Gardner said he’s looking forward to spending some time after his dominant rookie campaign.
“Just get out there, take some time for yourself,” Gardner said of how he plans to spend his first NFL offseason.
He’ll have something to look forward to Thursday, when he and fellow rookie teammate Garrett Wilson are heavy favorites to win the awards as the top defensive and offensive rookies. Gardner and Wilson earning those honors would further establish the Jets as an attractive landing spot for any quarterback looking to play for a team with a talented young roster.
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