Mecole Hardman didn’t need Aaron Rodgers to be sold on signing with the New York Jets. The former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver said Thursday there were plenty of other reasons why the Jets appealed to him.

“You know, the news with ‘A-Rod’ … still don’t know what’s going on with that, that’s something you obviously can think about but … the Jets were the right fit for me,” Hardman said.

When asked if he would’ve signed with New York even if Rodgers had not declared his intention to play for the Jets in 2023, Hardman was firm in his response.

“I probably would have definitely still signed here (because of) the coaching staff that is here,” he said. “Nobody knows what’s happening with this (Rodgers) deal here. What did it do with my decision? Nothing.”


Mecole Hardman excited to join Jets wide receivers Allen Lazard, Garrett Wilson

The 25-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with New York, cited his desire to play with a group of wide receivers that includes Allen Lazard and Garrett Wilson as a big reason why he chose the Jets.

Lazard signed a four-year contract with the Jets after establishing NFL career highs in receptions (60) and receiving yards (788) this season when playing with Rodgers for the Green Bay Packers last season.