Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.
The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders.
In 25 games over two years in Saskatchewan he had one sack and one interception.
In an interview with the Regina Leader-Post in 2016, Rodgers II said his dad had never coached him before on any level, but he said there's never been any pressure on him having an NFL coach for a dad.
"I really don't even think about it, to be honest with you," he said. "I've been a coach's kid my entire life, so it's really nothing new to me. I just know him as my dad."
That dynamic could change this spring when the offseason program begins and Rodgers begins working with his newest defensive player. Rodgers -- who went to training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992 -- is in his 16th season as an NFL coach and his fourth as the Jets' defensive coordinator under Todd Bowles.