4 QB options if the NY Jets miss out on Aaron Rodgers

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3. The NY Jets can trade for Ryan Tannehill

The Tennessee Titans have publicly stated that they expect Ryan Tannehill to be their starting quarterback in 2023. That's their plan as of now, and it seems unlikely to change.

But if a desperate Jets team that has missed out on all their top choices comes calling, perhaps the Titans would reconsider those plans...for the right price.

The Jets have viewed Tannehill as their fourth option behind Rodgers, Carr, and Jimmy Garoppolo since the start of the offseason. The soon-to-be 35-year-old quarterback is at least a starting-caliber QB who can manage an offense.

Tannehill's numbers have declined over the last two seasons, but he's just a few years removed from a legitimately excellent campaign in 2020. That came a year after Tannehill reached the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

There's also the Todd Downing connection to consider. Downing served as the Titans' offensive coordinator over the last two seasons and spent all four years with Tannehill in Tennessee.

The Jets hired Downing to be their passing game coordinator last month, and head coach Robert Saleh recently suggested that he's expected to be the "main voice" in the team's quarterback room. It would make sense to pair him with a QB he's familiar with.

Tannehill is an uninspiring, mediocre option who doesn't exactly raise the ceiling for the Jets and will cost assets to acquire. But he's a starting-caliber quarterback with ties to the coaching staff who could be available.

That alone earns him a spot on this extremely concerning list of Rodgers contingency plans.