NFL legend Tom Brady has moved to quash outlandish rumors of a possible return to the game as a replacement for New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury on his debut for his new team.
The 46-year-old, who quit the game after the end of last season, was quick to refute talk of a return to the NFL when asked about the possibility during a podcast recording. When asked by commentator Jim Gray about whether the Jets had reached out to him as a possible option at the MetLife Stadium, Brady responded;
“No, no, no — next question!” Brady stated
“Asked and answered?” Gray replied
“You already know,”
“I love being with you guys on Mondays, and I love what we got going,” Brady concluded.
Obviously, such talk is fanciful, but one does wonder just how and when Rodgers may return to the Jets. Many fans of the long-suffering franchise will have no doubt backed their team to make an impact this season, and anyone who is still keen on doing so can check out the best NFL betting sites to find those that offer the best payouts before making that wager.
Rodgers managed just four plays into his Jets debut before he was injured, but the 39-year-old is hoping to get back out there sooner rather than later, albeit he is some way off doing so,
“Trying to get out of the boot is kind of the next goal, so I feel the strength to be able to stand up on my own,”
“Then the boot comes off, and then it kind of gets exciting. I think then you feel like you’re not just a big turd laying around, everybody taking care of you. So that’ll be nice.”
Rodgers was understandably reticent about giving a timeframe for a possible return,
“I don’t want to get caught into a timeline,”
“I just want to get healthy, honestly, mentally and physically, honestly. But I’m going to do everything I can rehab-wise to put myself in a position to be ready to play football again at some point. And that’s the goal.”
“I mean, obviously, when this happened, there’s a lot of thoughts about, ‘That’s it, cash it in, you’re done.’ I just don’t feel like I am, so I’m going to put myself in position to be able to play again.”
Despite losing Rodgers during their week one game with the Bills, Robert Saleh’s side secured an overtime win over Buffalo but then lost to the Dallas Cowboys 10-30. A pair of home-field encounters with the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs will be a good indicator as to just what the New York Jets could achieve this season.
Obviously, fans of the Jets will have to be realistic about any goals for 2023; we are, after all, talking about a team that hasn’t made the postseason since 2010 and has suffered a run of seven successive losing seasons.