According to a Jay Glazer report on Fox Sports on Sunday morning, Matt Ryan, a former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, has “reached out” to the New York Jets to offer his services as a replacement for the injured Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers, a future Hall of Famer, is attempting to rejoin the New York Jets this season despite suffering a torn Achilles in Week 1. In the interim, critics have argued that “New York needs a new quarterback” to go along with current first-team quarterback and former No. 2 overall choice Zach Wilson.
Matt Ryan reaches out to Jets
Could another former MVP join the Jets in the locker room? That appears to have been the brainchild of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who is in his first season off the field and instead calling games for CBS.
According to a Jay Glazer report on Fox Sports on Sunday morning, Ryan and Carson Wentz have both “reached out” to the Jets to offer their services. And it appears that each of them got a “thanks, but no thanks” reply.
Ryan’s interest is not surprising because the 2016 MVP previously discussed how he plans to tackle his first season as a starting analyst rather than a starting quarterback in an interview with The Athletic this summer.
He told The Athletic ,
“I’m staying in shape. I think it is kind of, ‘You know my number. You know where I’m at,’ “If anything were to come up, you know, we’ll see. [CBS] is where my focus is at right now. But we’ll see how the season shakes out.”
Ryan’s decline was swift; he went from tossing almost 4,000 yards in 2021 with the Falcons to having his starting quarterback position taken away in 2022.
Ryan was dealt by Atlanta to the Indianapolis Colts last season, but the outcome was a far cry from his Super Bowl-winning seasons with the Falcons. Ryan started 12 games, completing 14 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 42.9, which is 36.7 points below his best effort.