Aaron Rodgers Nov 17, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) leaves the field after losing to the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

The rumors surrounding NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ next home have begun to pick up steam. Even former players have begun to dip their toes into the rumor mill.

Despite Rodgers still being under contract with the Green Bay Packers, he’s reportedly had conversations with the New York Jets and was said to be “open to the idea of going to New York.”

Five-time Pro Bowler and 11-year veteran tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked where he believes Rodgers will land.

“I feel like the owners at the Jets organization — just the whole entire organization, they’re ready to win, and they’re ready to win now,” Gronkowski said on FanDuelTV’s ‘Up and Adams.’ “And what better play than to go and get the best quarterback in the NFL right now, or at least top three quarterbacks in the NFL, and go and get Aaron Rodgers. You know, right in the prime, right in the mix and just put the Jets as a playoff team right in the beginning, right when they get him.”

Adams asked Gronk if he believes the four-time All-Pro Rodgers has a better chance at winning a Super Bowl with the Jets than his Packers. The team he’s played for since he started his NFL career in 2005.

Gronk hesitated a bit to answer.

“Not necessarily, he said. “I think he’ll definitely reach the playoffs with the Jets, definitely change the culture there. I feel like every player will feel like they’re a winning team right away even though they haven’t been to the playoffs in many years, but I think he’ll change it just like that.”

At the moment, it appears the Jets are the only team publicly wanting Rodgers.

“Do they have a better chance of winning a Super Bowl than being in Green Bay? I mean, not necessarily because he’s done it in that organization for so long, everyone understands each other,” Gronk continued. “Everyone’s on the same page when they’re out in the field.”

The chemistry is important, Gronk said.

“Like literally, 99 percent of the team has to be on the same page, [in order to win a Super Bowl], everyone has to know what the other person is doing and be able to bounce off what they’re doing in order to win.”

Gronk knows a thing or two about that. He’s won four Super Bowls. While Rodgers’ has a ring of his own, one more — or a few, couldn’t hurt.

“So yeah, there’s definitely a possibility — he can definitely do it with the Jets if he ends up there,” Gronk said. “I think it would be great for the NFL, I think it would be great for Aaron Rodgers, and I also think it would be great for the Green Bay Packers to move on. I mean, there’s just so much noise, I think everyone in this situation just should start fresh.”

It also appears the Jets owner, Woody Johnson, is going to do “whatever it takes” to trade for Rodgers. At this point, it’s simply up to him. 

Rodgers, 39, hasn’t made a decision on where he wants to end up. He surfaced from his “darkness retreat,” but didn’t offer any answers yet. It shouldn’t take long as free agency begins on March 15 at 4 p.m. ET.

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About Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jess is a baseball fan with Reno, Nev. roots residing in the Bay Area. She is the host of "Short and to the Point" and is also a broadcaster with the Oakland A's Radio Network. She previously worked for MLB.com and NBC Sports Bay Area.