3 QB options if the NY Jets somehow don't trade for Aaron Rodgers
By Ryan Shafer
1. The NY Jets could sign a veteran on a 1-year deal
Now I know this does not seem like a likely choice, and I don't see this happening either, but there are still some interesting names on the free-agent market that the Jets could hypothetically bring in for a one-year deal.
With the idea that the Rodgers trade deal would finally fall apart in the late summer, the Jets would need to bring in a veteran with experience who would still be available at that point to quickly take over the locker room. Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, and Mason Rudolph top the charts in this category.
None of those names jump off the page the same way Aaron Rodgers does, but they would provide a lot of experience at the quarterback position for a team in need of a stable quarterback.
Of the group, the most likely candidate for the Jets would be Carson Wentz because of his age (still only 30) and his potential upside, not to mention his connection to Jets general manager Joe Douglas.
Wentz is not a good NFL quarterback anymore, make no mistake about it, but think about this — is he better than Zach Wilson last year? I would have to argue yes, and any improvement over Wilson has to be taken seriously as an option.
With Wentz at quarterback and assuming the continued steadiness of the defense, the return of Alijah Vera-Tucker and Breece Hall, and better offensive line play from impact players in the draft, the Jets are still a playoff team.