Julian Edelman slams Jets’ mandatory minicamp for not showing Aaron Rodgers: ‘bad look’

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers made waves when he wasn’t among his teammates at the mandatory minicamp June 11-13.

Rodgers was seen in some Jets OTAs, but when he was scheduled to be in Florham Park, New Jersey, on One Jets Drive, he was absent. And the franchise considered it “unjustified.”

Legendary New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made an appearance on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” where he admitted he thought it was a “bad look” for Rodgers to not be in attendance.

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) gestures during a practice at the NFL football team’s practice facility in Florham Park, NJ, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“I think it’s a bad idea for your boss, for whatever reason, to miss an unexcused absence,” Edelman said.

“I was with Tom Brady in his 25th or 23rd year, and he started missing OTAs here and there, but he never missed a mandatory minicamp. I just thought it was a bad idea.”

Edelman then explained why he had that feeling seeing Rodgers not with the Jets.

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“I know a lot of people do things differently,” he began. “But God forbid the New York Jets start 1-3 early in the season, whether they start with the [San Francisco] Niners, Tennessee [Titans], [New England] Patriots and someone else doesn’t matter. We all know the Patriots aren’t good, but this defense is still the same, and that’s what Aaron is going against.

“If they go 1-3, it’s going to be a big distraction for this locker room. Because everyone’s going to be talking about it – it’s New York. It’s the media capital of the world.”

Now, Edelman added that “no one will care” if the Jets go undefeated to start the season. But considering several factors – Rodgers’ Achilles injury allowing him to play four snaps all last season – Edelman thinks it would have been an advantage if the Jets had him there.

“I’m a big fan of Aaron Rodgers, but if I was in that locker room and Aaron Rodgers wasn’t there for three days of mandatory minicamp, having played four snaps due to injury while we have two new receivers, a bunch of new linemen that we added to the team, with a CBA that doesn’t allow us to practice much, I guarantee there are four or five guys – six, seven, eight , nine guys in that locker room — sitting there like, ‘Where is he?'” Edelman said.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, No. 11, gestures to the crowd as he runs onto the field before a game against the Cleveland Browns on October 27, 2019, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England won 27-13. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

The Jets knew Rodgers wasn’t going to attend mandatory minicamp ahead of time, but regardless of prior plans, it still led to an unexcused absence, putting him at risk of fines.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer recently made an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” where he provided more context for Rodgers’ absence.

“The best I can answer that question now that I feel solid about is that it’s somewhere where they wouldn’t be able to excuse and maintain credibility with the rest of the locker room, but that would be expected , it wouldn’t be a foreign thing to the left for him,” Breer said. “So you can open your mind, so to speak, as he is known to open his mind sometimes, to all the possibilities.”

Breer would allude to Rodgers’ well-known retirements that he has discussed publicly, which included a dark final offseason, where he came out knowing he wanted to continue playing football and that it would be with the Jets. Rodgers is also known for attending ayahuasca retreats.

Cowherd also said last week that Rodgers was enjoying a vacation “overseas.”

Legendary New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman called it a “bad look” for Aaron Rodgers to miss mandatory minicamp (Getty Images)

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Regardless, Breer explained that the absence was one they couldn’t excuse, because the Jets want things to be fair.

“They let him know that they couldn’t excuse him for that, and again, that’s because that’s how you maintain credibility with your locker room,” Breer added. “You can’t do something for one person that you wouldn’t do for other stars on the team, let alone the guys on the team, right?”

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