Prized free agent gem Allen Lazard has been notified by the New York Jets.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport divided on The Insiders reported that Gang Green had exploratory discussions with three different teams before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, October 31st.
The Jets had their sights set on Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals, Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“The jets were turned away in all three cases and the discussions never progressed beyond an exploratory stage.” per Rapoport.
Jets sent Lazard a clear shot
Why would the Jets aggressively pursue another pass catcher after that? distribute $44 million to Allen Lazard a few months ago?
One of Aaron Rodgers’ old goals hasn’t materialized through the first seven games of the 2023 season.
Lazard is No. 2 in the NFL with a 19 percent drop rate this season, per The Jet Press.
Randall Cobb would be first in drop rate [40 percent] “if he had enough goals to qualify,” according to The Jet Press.
Cobb has appeared in six games this season and has registered three catches for 20 receiving yards. That’s the third-highest yardage total of any wideout on the roster.
Lazard was paid to be the Robin to Garrett Wilson’s Batman. G-Dub has been outstanding this season, but he can’t do it alone.
Lazard has 17 receptions for 255 receiving yards and one touchdown so far this season. He made a lot of splash plays, but he did been plagued through some groundbreaking falls.
The Jets may not have found a big-name pass catcher before the deadline, but their aggressiveness swinging the bat should send a clear message to Lazard.
Jets Adams guaranteed in 2024
“I think all roads end with Davante Adams playing for the Jets in 2024. I just have a feeling that’s what’s going to happen. It’s one of those things that you can’t convince me of, and I’m not just saying that as a Homer Jets fan. I just think he’s miserable where he is right now [and] I think the Jets will look at 2024, even more than this year, as the last Aaron Rodgers in turmoil, and they will find a way to get him on their team.”
The Raiders’ talented wideout was not moved before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, October 31st. Even though he did expressed his frustration with the Raiders organization throughout the season.
There’s a slim chance that Rodgers could defy scientific and medical predictions by returning in the same season in which he tore his Achilles tendon, but it’s much more likely that he returns in 2024. Next season A-Rod would be 40 years old.
The Jets went all-in around Rodgers this season, and he lost four games this season. Rodgers has stated both publicly and privately that he plans to continue his Pro Football Hall of Fame career next season.
Once you get to his age, there’s no promise of tomorrow for Rodgers. Therefore, the Jets’ job would be to be as aggressive as possible because you never know when Rodgers will play last season. Bringing his old Green Bay Packers teammate to New York would certainly help their title hopes.
Paul A. Esden Jr. covers the New York Jets for Heavy.com. The New York native is also the official PA voice of the Syracuse Strong Football Club and co-host of Cumulus Media’s morning show “The Manchild Show with Boy Green.” Prior to joining Heavy in 2021, Esden Jr. covered both national and New York sports for FanSided, Elite Sports NY and The Score 1260. More about Paul A. Esden Jr.