Trying again, the primary positive signal that Aaron Rodgers was coming to the Jets ought to have been the free agent signing of receiver Allen Lazard.
Though he could not admit his data on the time, Lazard revealed Thursday that when he reached a deal on March 14 to depart the Packers for the Jets, he was pretty sure Rodgers would ultimately do the identical.
Apart from a second of doubt as commerce talks between the Packers and Jets dragged on till April 24.
“There was most likely an eight-hour stretch the place I used to be like, ‘What the hell is that this, mate? ‘” Lazard stated in a refrain of laughter after the primary apply of coaching camp. “And he was like, ‘It may occur.’ I used to be like, ‘Okay.’ We clearly had a extremely deep dialog and talked in regards to the potentialities of the place he would go, the place I’d go.
Lazard signed a four-year, $44 million free agent deal that turned out to be the largest contract signed by a receiver through the offseason.
He had 169 catches for two,236 yards and 20 touchdowns in 57 video games — principally with Rodgers at quarterback — with the Packers.
“That is to not say that him coming right here was the one purpose I got here right here or coming right here was the one purpose he did not need to retire or keep in Inexperienced Bay, however I knew he was doing every thing he might do,” Lazard stated. “A lot of hype round ‘Why is not this taking place?’ Effectively, he had no management. He would have (moved) lengthy earlier than.
Lazard and Rodgers have been coaching collectively in California on the time.
“I noticed him no less than 2-3 occasions every week, so perhaps if I wasn’t there I’d have been a bit extra fearful,” Lazard stated. “However I used to be fairly assured.”
One other of Rodgers’ favourite targets, Randall Cobb, waited till the quarterback was traded to affix the Jets.