Jets QB Aaron Rodgers envisions three-plus years in NY

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Jul 31, 2023; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) participates in drills during the New York Jets Training Camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
Jul 31, 2023; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) participates in drills during the New York Jets Training Camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
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Three years, maybe more

Aaron Rodgers sees no reason to limit expectations for how long he might play for the New York Jets

Rodgers, who turns 40 in December, remains upbeat and optimistic about his own longevity aligning with the Jets' emergence as a consistent AFC contender

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In the context of being asked about his future bust in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rodgers hinted enshrinement could be eight years or more away. The process includes a five-year waiting period, which equates to three seasons with the Jets

"Who knows what's going to happen in eight or nine years? That's a long way off," Rodgers said. "I'm taking it one year at a time. Yeah, I'd love to play as long as I can, as long as it's fun, as long as my body feels good, as long as they want me.

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Rodgers said he's "not missing it at all" when discussing his recent restructured contract agreement that pushes money from the 2023 salary cap to 2025. He's 12th in terms of average annual value among quarterbacks at $37.5 million for the next three seasons

"It wasn't really a negotiation, like back and forth, me starting at 50 and them starting at 20 and meeting somewhere," Rodgers said, joking owner Woody Johnson was the only one nervous about the contract. "It was an easy conversation, much of it between me and (GM) Joe (Douglas), just talking about the state of the team and the opportunities that could be out there -- that are out there now, that could be out there.

Tom Brady retired at 45 in February after playing from 2000-22. Rodgers entered the NFL in 2005 as a first-round pick, but he's not ready to put an age limit on himself

"This is going to be a few-years partnership," Rodgers said

--Field Level Medi