Jaguars News: The AFC just got much tougher on Monday
The Jacksonville Jaguars play in a very competitive AFC. There are elite teams all over the place that make it hard to stay at the top of the standings.
After the way that the 2022 season went, lots of people believe that the Jags can be one of those teams that set the standard. That is especially true since they play in a very weak AFC South.
Now, the conference just got a lot tougher as there is another elite quarterback coming into the AFC. The New York Jets acquired Aaron Rodgers in a blockbuster trade with the Green Bay Packers.
The Jets are getting Rodgers in addition to pick 15 and a fifth-round pick (170th overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft.
In return, the Green Bay Packers are getting number 13, a second-round pick (42nd overall), and a sixth-round pick (207th overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now in a conference with Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers will join Trevor Lawrence along with others like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, and Lamar Jackson as top-flight quarterbacks to play in this conference while the NFC is lacking those types.
This isn't horrible news for the Jacksonville Jaguars but it isn't amazing news either. They should be able to win the AFC South on their own so the Wild Card shouldn't be the worry.
However, you never know with all of these good teams in the conference. The Jags will be playing a first-place schedule unlike the Tennessee Titans or Indianapolis Colts so they will have games against the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Adding the Jets into the mix of contenders makes it an even more competitive conference. That may motivate the Jaguars to be at their best every single Sunday too which is also a good thing.
The NFL is an amazing league and it just had a major shakeup that is going to change up a lot of teams' plans in the league. With the draft approaching in just a few days, everyone else is preparing to do what they can to make their team better. The Jaguars will be no different on that night and beyond.