The NY Jets might very well be playing a dangerous game. Despite reports on Sunday indicating that Derek Carr preferred to sign with the Jets, the four-time Pro Bowler has reportedly agreed to terms to join the New Orleans Saints.
Carr's decision comes after weeks of waiting to see how the quarterback market would develop, namely what decision Aaron Rodgers would make.
Perhaps Carr's signing is an indication that he believes a Rodgers trade is imminent. Perhaps Carr was simply tired of waiting around and he preferred to sign with a team who actually wanted him.
Whatever the case, Carr is no longer an option for the Jets. One of the Jets' two preferred targets, and the only one guaranteed to be available, is off the table. What now?
There's no reason for Jets fans to be in full-on panic mode — at least not yet. If the Jets manage to trade for Rodgers, or perhaps another star QB, Carr signing elsewhere won't be viewed as a disaster.
Regardless, the Jets are playing a dangerous game here. Carr was the best combination of a high floor and a high upside. He's a top 12-16 quarterback who was guaranteed to be available. The same can't be said for any of the other three options on this list.
So what should the Jets do at the quarterback position now that Carr is no longer an option? Let's take a look at the three most likely outcomes for the Jets, starting with a lackluster fallback plan.