Three Quarterbacks the Jets Should Target This Offseason
The New York Jets have had a roller coaster of a season, but it’s largely gone in a positive direction for fans of the green and white.
Many did not have Gang Green in the playoff hunt this deep into the season, which is a testament to the rebuilding efforts of head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas. The team appears to be ahead of schedule, which is something the fanbase can take pride in.
Despite the upward trajectory, New York still seems to be without an entrenched answer at the game’s most important position. Quarterback Zach Wilson has been much maligned this season, despite leading the Jets to a winning record in his starts. However, the product on the field when he’s led the offense has been questionable at best.
New York has started three different players under center in the 2022 season, which likely indicates that their 2023 starter is not yet on their roster.
Here are three players the franchise should target under center in the offseason.
For what seems like an eternity, the Jets have pushed their chips into the middle of the table to draft a highly touted college quarterback. Over and over again, that plan of attack has not worked out, and it seems like its going to crash and burn again with Wilson. It would be borderline shocking for them to dedicate resources to bring in another rookie under center in the near future.
The Jets have proven that their roster has been sufficiently restocked with talent, and they don’t need a quarterback who needs to create something out of nothing. Given their time together with the San Francisco 49ers, it would make sense for Saleh to push the front office to acquire quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo also has familiarity with Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.
The biggest concern surrounding Garoppolo has been his ability to stay healthy. He’s currently nursing a foot injury that may cost him the rest of the season. However, he’s been a winning player when healthy, and could be just what the doctor ordered for the Jets next year.
Even though it took a long time for theNFL odds on Bovada
to reflect that the Green Bay Packers might not be the same, the realization that the team may need to hit the reset button is setting in. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has done his best to try and get young players up to speed but overcoming the loss of a game breaking talent like Davante Adams has proven to be a tall task. The Packers have faltered against teams they would usually beat this season.
As a result, the Packers might be interested in starting the Jordan Love era sooner rather than later, which might make Rodgers expendable. It might be tough for New York to fit Rodgers in at a high dollar compensation value, but imagining him with weapons likeGarrett Wilson
and Elijah Moore is pretty tantalizing. Rodgers would be able to impart a level of knowledge that no one in the Jets current quarterback room possesses.
The Jets once made a splashy move to acquire a legendary quarterback from Green Bay about 15 years ago by getting Brett Favre. History could very well repeat itself, and if it does, the Jets would instantly become intriguing dark horse picks for the Super Bowl next year. It would also be great for Rodgers’ legacy to win another ring to add to the title he won for Green Bay back in 2010.
Additionally, if the Jets have any hope of reviving Zach Wilson, bringing Rodgers into the fold might actually help. The former BYU starlooked
up to Rodgers as a child, and the two have a good relationship.
Now this would be something. For the better part of two decades, Tom Brady routinely eviscerated New York as a member of the New England Patriots. Jets fans clamored for the day that Brady left their division and rejoiced when it finally happened.
So how would a prior arch-nemesis magically transform into a savior? Brady’s time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been largely successful, but this season has been a drag more than any other. The Buccaneers still have talent, but it doesn’t seem like the machine is as well oiled as it has been in years past.
Remember, there was a lot of smoke surrounding Brady’spossible
signing with the Miami Dolphins in recent years. New York winters don’t compare to ones in South Florida but coming to the Jets would give Brady a unique opportunity to stick it to the Patriots twice a year. Brady also wouldn’t feel the pressure to win games on his own as a 46-year-old, as he could rely on a gritty defense and the return of running back Breece Hall to carry the team.
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