1. The NY Jets must land either Aaron Rodgers or Derek Carr
It's obvious, isn't it? The 2022 Jets should have been a playoff team. If they had even close to average quarterback play for most of the season, they absolutely would have been.
The Jets nearly made the playoffs despite receiving the worst quarterback performances of any team in the NFL last year. If there ever was a team that was a QB away from contending, it was the 2022 Jets.
We can sit here and discuss the other obvious roster needs. Yes, the Jets need to fix their offensive line. Yes, safety was a major concern last year. But in reality, one position can change everything.
If the Jets are able to land a good quarterback this offseason, those other roster flaws become a lot less noticeable. There are two legitimate quarterback options who can provide that for the Jets: Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr.
For the sake of this discussion, let's assume Lamar Jackson isn't a realistic target for the Jets because if he is, he also fits this criteria. Jackson might be traded, but his timeline probably doesn't line up with the Jets.
Rodgers is the high-upside, swing-for-the-fences move with the goal of winning a Super Bowl within the next 1-2 years. The future Hall of Famer battled injuries last season and dealt with a poor supporting cast, but he still proved that he has plenty left in the tank.
Carr doesn't possess the upside that Rodgers does, but he's been a consistently top 12-16 quarterback for the majority of his career. He can get the Jets to the playoffs with an outside chance of competing for a Lombardi Trophy.
If the Jets are serious about not just making the playoffs in 2023 but competing for a Super Bowl, these are the only two feasible quarterback additions that could make it happen.