The Jets are in the market for a quarterback… again. This is the The third and final part in a series Exploring their options is inappropriate. Part three looks at some of the less likely options.
The Jets are expected to be swinging for the fences in their pursuit of the new quarterback, but if they’re heaping on the big names? There are alternatives to planes out there Behind Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr The three names they have been linked to the most this season.
Not many of these backup options will excite the fan base down the road Rodgers signature, but the reality is that Rodgers could say he wants to retire or stay in Green Bay or the Jets could fall short of making a deal for him. Right now, the Jets have to be open to everything in between.
Let’s take a look at some of the less likely ways the Jets can fill a hole in the middle across three categories:
Zack Wilson: The planes made it clear Wilson will be on the list this year, but they have no intention of making him the initiator. Head coach Robert Salih laughed at the idea that Wilson could beat a veteran who got caught in training camp. Wilson will be relegated to the bench this season unless something changes dramatically within the Jets. Let’s talk if he can start in 2024.
Mike White: There was a shot White could win in 2023 in the December action start. If he had played well and the Jets had made a trip to the playoffs, White could have built momentum and convinced the Jets brass to take a chance. instead of it, He suffered broken ribs and went 1-3 as a starter And he looked like a quality backup quarterback, but not a starter. White is scheduled to reach free agency in March. The Jets could bring him back as a backup, but it seems unlikely that they will pay starters White and Wilson, who is getting decent money as the No. 2 overall pick for 2021.
The big names
Lamar Jackson: There is a suspicion that the Crows will actually move on from Jackson, however Things got weird between the midfielder and the team over the past year. Jackson wouldn’t hit free agency, because the Ravens would likely use the franchise tag on him Then try to come to an agreement. If the team wanted to swoop in, it would be costly. They would have to give up two first-round picks and sign a long-term deal similar to Deshaun Watson’s $230 million fully secured deal.
Tom Brady: Brady has owned the Jets for years and now he can play with them. Brady He is expected to be a free agent. He has a son in New York and has spoken of wanting to be close to him, but it’s hard to imagine a marriage between Brady and Gates. Brady’s play has slipped in 2022 and he seems likely to land with the Raiders.
Ryan Tannehill: The Titans are undergoing a change with a new general manager. Could they be looking to trade or cut Tannehill, who is due $36.6 million this year? Adding Tanenhill wouldn’t move the needle, but it worked in Tennessee.
Daniel Jones: It won’t happen, but it would be a fun story if Danny Dimes moved across town.
Gino Smith: Reunion? Don’t count on it.
Baker Mayfield: There were folks with the Jets who lusted after Mayfield prior to the 2018 draft. They’re no longer with the team, but Mayfield would be an interesting option if they decide they want a training camp rivalry between the veteran quarterback and Wilson.
James Winston: Another former first pick expected to hit the market as the Saints will likely cut Winston. Will the Jets bring him in to compete for the job? Probably not, but it will land somewhere in 2023.
Gardner Minshaw: The Eagles’ backup quarterback played well against the Jets during his career. It’s another interesting name if the Jets settle for a quarterback competition.