The Honorable (?) Mentions
Carson Wentz wore out his welcome in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, and it won't be long before he's done the same in Washington. The former MVP candidate is a shell of his former self and likely isn't the kind of player the Jets want to add to their locker room.
Never discount the Joe Douglas connection, but this one shouldn't happy for a number of reasons.
Speaking of that Joe Douglas connection, Nick Foles is still kicking around in Indianapolis. Foles is under contract for next season which means it would likely take a trade to get a deal done. We're probably past the point of Foles starting, however.
Jameis Winston impressed last season before his knee injury, but he didn't look like the same player in 2022. Winston reverted to his old turnover-prone ways and was eventually benched for Andy Dalton.
The Jets need a conservative game manager and that'll never be Winston's game. He doesn't make sense as an option.
The man who replaced Winston in New Orleans has had his highs and lows this season playing with an injury-riddled supporting cast. Andy Dalton is at his best as a fringe starter/high-end backup at this stage of his career.
The Jets can and should do better.
The Taylor Heinicke story in Washington has been fun and the former XFL backup has captured the hearts of Commanders fans. He's set to be a free agent at the end of the year and there's no guarantee he's brought back.
Still, much like Winston, Heinicke's gunslinger, reckless approach doesn't lend himself to this Jets offense. He turns 30 years old next March as well — he's not a legitimate option.