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Allen Lazard happy with Jets, looks forward to Rodgers

3/18/2023 11:56:00 AM
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Wide receiver Allen Lazard said he signed with the New York Jets because of the "bright lights" of the city and a strong affinity for his new offensive coordinator. Then, of course, there's the life-changing money. And one other thing, too, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.

"Obviously, standing here today, it feels good knowing that 12's going to be my quarterback again," Lazard said Friday on a Zoom call with reporters.

Lazard spoke of former Green Bay Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers as if their reunion is a done deal. Not quite, as the Jets and Packers are negotiating trade compensation and a restructured contract. On Wednesday, Rodgers said his "intention" is to play for the Jets in 2023. A trade is expected to happen, though nothing is imminent.

After five seasons with the Packers, Lazard, 27, signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Jets. He said he talked recently with Rodgers at a fitness facility in Los Angeles, where they both train in the offseason. Lazard indicated his decision to play for the Jets wasn't contingent upon Rodgers deciding the same.

"As a wide receiver, the best relationship you can have is with the quarterback and the relationship I have with him has been phenomenal," Lazard said. "Obviously, there's an inclination that he's coming here, but ... after the season, after the last game, in the locker room, I mentioned how I have to worry about myself and take care of what's best for me and I can't worry about other people.

"Me and my decision coming here was purely based off that and making sure that I'm doing what's best for my career. Obviously, him being here, it definitely helps the entire organization to be able to take that next step, make a deep playoff run and go win that Lombardi Trophy."

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