New York Jets GM Joe Douglas
The Jets practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. General Manager Joe Douglas. Delbarton Vs West Morris
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New York Jets GM Joe Douglas On Aaron Rodgers Trade

New York Jets GM Joe Douglas says the trade for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is ‘historic’ for the team.

Under Robert Saleh, the Jets impressed in the first half of 2022. The young team was eventually undone by injuries, particularly at the quarterback position.

They must have impressed Aaron Rodgers too, because the thought of him in a Jets uniform would have been ridiculous not too long ago.


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“Obviously, a long time in the making,” Joe Douglas said Tuesday. “I will piggyback a little bit off of what (Packers GM) Brian (Gutekunst) said yesterday; there’s still some I’s to be dotted, T’s to be crossed to ultimately finalize everything. But, again, it was a lot of conversations with Brian.

“A ton of respect for Brian — I’ve known him for a little over 20 years — and I can’t thank him enough for the open dialogue that we’ve had and ultimately being able to get what we feel is a historic trade for this franchise.”


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“Obviously, Aaron is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play this game,” Joe Douglas said.

“To have an opportunity to add a player of that caliber, you’re always going to look into it and how it fits within our culture, within our team. It goes back to something I said to you guys in Phoenix; it’s a real credit to (head coach) Robert (Saleh), his staff and what he’s been able to implement with our players and with everyone here. That a player of Aaron’s caliber would even want to come here. We’re all excited to add someone of his character and his ability.”

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