New York Jets fans can exhale.
Just three days before this week's NFL Draft in Kansas City, the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers reportedly have worked out a blockbuster deal in which four-time league MVP and one-time Super Bowl champion Aaron Rodgers is coming to the Big Apple.
New York sports betting just gets more fun by the day.
The Jets will get the 39-year-old, Hall of Fame lock who has played 18 seasons in Green Bay, the Packers' 15th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft and a fifth-round pick (No. 170 overall).
Green Bay will receive the Jets' No. 13 overall pick in the first round of the draft this season, along with a second-round pick (No. 42) and a sixth-round pick (No. 207). The Packers also will get a conditional 2024 second-round pick that would become a first-round pick if Rodgers plays 65% of the plays this upcoming season.
New York sports betting apps already are making those calculations.
What Does It Mean for Jets?
EmpireStakes.com – your source for the best NY betting promos – wanted to see what a Hall of Fame quarterback could mean for a franchise that hasn’t make the playoffs since 2010, the longest current playoff drought in the NFL.
Since taking over for Brett Favre in 2008, Rodgers has won league MVP four times (2011, 2014, 2020, 2021), been named to the Pro Bowl 10 times and won Super Bowl XLV, 31-25, over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.
He becomes the third Jets Hall of Fame quarterback.
The others are Jets legend Joe Namath (1965-76) and Favre, who came to the Jets from Green Bay and played one season in 2008.
The numbers speak for themselves, and Rodgers has yet to play a down.
Hall of Fame Jets QBs and Records
Namath was the team's quarterback from 1965-76 and not only led them to a Super Bowl win but guaranteed it. In an earth-shattering, history-making performance, Namath led the underdog Jets to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
Namath was Rookie of the Year in 1965 and MVP in back-to-back season (1968, 1969). His overall record as a starter for the Jets: 60-61-4.
"Broadway Joe" even has given his blessing for Rodgers to wear his former No. 12, but ESPN reported he will wear No. 8 from his college years at the University of California-Berkeley.
Fast forward to Favre. He was 9-7 in his only season as the Jets starter.
Without a HOFer at the controls of the offense, the Jets have made the postseason only 12 times in 50 seasons
Not only is it a no-brainer, but it also immediately brings life to a luckless franchise. Even if it is just for a small amount of time.
BetMGM Updated Jets/Packers Odds
With the move today, the Jets immediately become a playoff contender in the AFC.
As of 6:30 p.m. ET Monday evening, BetMGM New York Sportsbook had moved up the Jets’ odds to win the Super Bowl from +1600 to +1400. The Jets now have the sixth-best odds in the NFL. Clearly, it is the Rodgers effect. The Jets are +700 to win the AFC, behind the Kansas City Chiefs (+350), the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals (both +500).
To make the playoffs, New York is listed as -150 YES, +125 NO.
The Packers are listed as +2500 (from +2200) to win the NFC and at +5000 to win the Super Bowl (no movement).
A tale of two cities indeed.