Ideally, the New York Jets would hope to address their quarterback situation via free agency but what happens if those on their wish list end up elsewhere? Josh McCown and a rookie future franchise quarterback would make for an interesting combo.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins heads to the Denver Broncos. Case Keenum decides to stay with the Minnesota Vikings. Drew Brees decides to stick around in the Big Easy. These are scenarios that may very well happen this offseason and if they did, what would happen to the New York Jets? What if some of their wish list potential free agent quarterbacks simply aren’t available?
In the grand scheme of things, the Jets might not end up acquiring a big free agent quarterback due to obvious reasons. Let’s face it, the Jets aren’t just a quarterback away from being a playoff-caliber team. They need a lot more above average players to completely round out their roster to the point where they don’t have so many glaring weaknesses.
If the Jets don’t land Cousins, Keenum or any other quarterback they feel would be an upgrade compared to what they currently have, an interesting combo at the most important position on the team might be their best situation for 2018. That’s right, it involves bringing back a familiar face and using a high draft pick on a future franchise quarterback.
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Last season with the Jets, veteran quarterback Josh McCown had one incredible year. As a matter of fact, it was the best season he’s ever had in his career as he totaled 2,926 passing yards, 267 completions, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
McCown has been vocal about wanting to return to the Jets in 2018 and even said he wouldn’t mind mentoring and developing someone ahead of him on the depth chart. Besides being a great locker room personality, McCown is a solid mentor and leader of men. If the Jets can bring him back on a one or two-year deal, he could serve as a backup quarterback to a rookie quarterback that is ready to take care of business.
If the Jets were to use the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on who they feel could finally be their future franchise quarterback, one that can start in Week 1 of the regular season, that could be a great situation to begin next season with. It’s time the Jets started to do what other teams have done to succeed and start a rookie quarterback that is ready to play in the pros with a solid supporting cast around him. For this scenario to work out, the Jets would need to bolster their offensive line and add a few more offensive weapons for their offense to click on all cylinders.
This year’s quarterback class is full of superb talent and since the Jets have such a high draft pick, they could use it on the best available quarterback or even consider trading up to acquire someone they know is a perfect fit for their franchise. That way, they’d have a young quarterback ready to start and McCown as his backup to develop, mentor, and help him all along the way. If an injury or a steep decline in play happens, McCown is more than capable to step in and run the Jets offense efficiently.
Overall, this might end up being the scenario the Jets face this offseason if they’re unable to land a top free agent quarterback. For all we know, this interesting combo at quarterback involving McCown and a top prospect might actually end up being exactly what the Jets need to continue rebuilding the right way.