After finally agreeing to a trade with the Green Bay Packers for four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, the new york jets they are close to having it all.
But apparently a rival from the AFC East was looking to get in the way by disrupting the Jets’ plans during the 2023 NFL Draft.
New England Patriots Head coach Bill Belichick allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to move up to the No. 14 overall pick in the draft last week to allow them to draft Georgia offensive lineman Broderick Jones, just one spot ahead of the Jets, according to The Washington Post.
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In return, the Patriots got the 17th pick and a fourth-round pick. The Jets, who had the 13th pick but went to 3pm after trading for Rogers, instead, he selected Iowa State edge runner Will McDonald.
«They should have had to give up a [third-round pick] and not a four to get up there,» an NFL general manager told the outlet. “Belichick did it just to screw over the Jets. He sold low because he knew the Steelers were going to take the guy the Jets wanted to take.
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«Bill will try to screw them over any chance he gets. He knew exactly what he was doing,» added another league personnel executive.
While they weren’t necessarily able to take their first option, the Jets added some protection for Rodgers in the later rounds.
Former Wisconsin center Joe Tippmann was New York’s second-round pick on Friday night. He will have a chance to compete with veteran Connor McGovern for the starting job. Former Pittsburgh offensive tackle Carter Warren, who could also be an eventual starter, entered the fourth round on Saturday.
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«We got better this week, much better this week,» head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Saturday. «And excited to work with the group.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.