Allen Lazard on Aaron Rodgers' 'list,' signing with Jets: reports
NFL free agent wide receiver Allen Lazard is expected to sign with the New York Jets, according to multiple reports.
Lazard, who played five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, was also on a reported "wish-list of free agents" Aaron Rodgers gave the Jets to "target and acquire." On that list are reportedly wide receivers Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Odell Beckham Jr., with Rodgers also wanting the Jets to acquire veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis.
In his five seasons, Lazard has career totals of 169 receptions for 2,236 yards and 20 touchdowns in 57 games (40 starts). He is coming off his best season, with career-highs in starts (15), receptions (60) and receiving yard (788). The deal with the Jets is reportedly worth $44 million over four years.
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The Jets met with Rodgers last week in California, and owner Woody Johnson reportedly came away excited from that meeting.
As for the Packers' side of things, this means that rising sophomore Christian Watson is the top receiver in Green Bay for now. He struggled to start off his rookie season, all beginning with a wide-open 75-yard touchdown that was dropped. However, in his final eight games, he had 31 catches for 523 yards and eight total touchdowns.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 04: Allen Lazard #13, Aaron Rodgers #12 and Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers look on against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 04, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Sure, that was mostly with Rodgers, but Jordan Love and Watson did have a nice connection when Rodgers left a game early with injury, as Love found Watson for a 63-yard touchdown on his very first pass to him.
At the very least, Lazard reunites with his former offensive coordinator in Nathaniel Hackett, who now holds that role with New York. At the most, he'll continue to be a future Hall of Famer's favorite target.
FOX News' Ryan Morik contributed to this report.