Los Angeles Times

Rodgers plans to play for Jets

- staff and wire reports

Quarterbac­k Aaron Rodgers said Wednesday he intends to play for the New York Jets after 18 seasons in Green Bay, and the fourtime most valuable player is waiting for the Packers to trade him.

Rodgers, 39, said the Packers want to make 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love their quarterbac­k.

“I have nothing but love in my heart for every Packer fan and everybody who works in the organizati­on,” he said on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “My life is better because of my time in Green Bay. But we’ve just got to look at the reality. They want to move on. They don’t want me to come back and that’s fine. They’re ready to move on with Jordan.”

Mark Murphy, Packers president and chief executive, spoke of Rodgers in the past tense in a TV interview last week and said he would honor a trade request if Rodgers made one.

Green Bay gave the Jets permission to talk to Rodgers, and New York sent a contingent to his home in Malibu last week.

Rodgers, coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, threw for 3,695 yards and 26 scores last year but had his lowest passer rating as a starter (91.1) and threw 12 intercepti­ons, his most since 2008, as the Packers went 8-9 to end a string of three straight NFC North titles.

“There’s a lot of reasons why the Jets are attractive,” Rodgers said. “But there’s one coach that has meant as much to me as any coach I’ve ever had. And he happens to be the coordinato­r there.”

That’s Nathaniel Hackett, who led Green Bay’s offense from 2019 to 2021.

. ... Cornerback Byron Murphy to Minnesota (two years, $22 million) . ... Running back Miles Sanders

and tight end Hayden Hurst

to Carolina . ... Linebacker Kyzir White to Arizona . ... Safety Juan Thornhill to Cleveland . ... Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox resigned with Philadelph­ia (one year, $10 million) . ... Safety Jordan Poyer re-signed with Buffalo (two years) . ... All-Pro kick returner Keisean Nixon resigned with Green Bay . ... Miami released veteran cornerback Byron Jones.

The Chargers are bringing back defensive lineman Morgan Fox, who started 12 games last season and was second on the team with a career-best 61⁄2 sacks. — Jeff Miller

The Rams agreed with offensive lineman Coleman Shelton on a two-year contract but did not tender restricted free-agent quarterbac­k Bryce Perkins. — Gary Klein

The parents of Stanley Wilson Jr., the former Torrance Bishop Montgomery standout who played at

Stanford and in the NFL, filed a wrongful death claim after the 40-year-old died at a Los Angeles County mental health facility last month.

 ?? Matt Ludtke Associated Press ?? JETS COACH Robert Saleh laughs with Packers quarterbac­k Aaron Rodgers during a 2021 encounter.
Matt Ludtke Associated Press JETS COACH Robert Saleh laughs with Packers quarterbac­k Aaron Rodgers during a 2021 encounter.

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