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Jets coach would be ‘shocked’ if Aaron Rodgers retires

East Rutherford, NJ August 26, 2023 -- bCoach Robert Saleh and Aaron Rodgers celebrates after the third offensive unit scored a fourth quarter TD. The NY Jets against the NY Giants on August 26, 2023 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, as the rivals play their final preseason game before the start of the NFL season.
Credit: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

Jets head coach Robert Saleh envisions Aaron Rodgers breaking the huddle as his quarterback again next season.

Rodgers faces a nine-month recovery from a torn Achilles after leaving Monday’s debut with the franchise with the season-ending injury and landing on injured reserve Tuesday.

Saleh said he doubts Rodgers opts to retire.

“I’d be shocked if this is the way he’s going to go out,” Saleh said Wednesday.

The four-time MVP turns 40 in December but is signed for 2024. He indicated prior to the injury that he intends to spend multiple seasons with the Jets.

Saleh said no surgery date is set for Rodgers, who is being given space to cope with the emotional weight of the injury. Coaches said they’re hopeful Rodgers will rejoin the team and stay connected to help tutor Zach Wilson, who steps back into the starting role Sunday at Dallas.

The Jets are still reviewing options to fill Rodgers’ roster spot. Saleh said a move at quarterback is unlikely this week, with Wilson starting and Tim Boyle elevated from the No. 3 role to be the primary backup.

–Field Level Media