5 NY Jets players whose fate could be sealed in the 2023 NFL Draft

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4. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

Zach Wilson is expected to compete with the newly-signed Tim Boyle for the Jets' backup quarterback job in 2023. The overwhelming odds are that he goes into the summer with every chance to earn that role.

However, the Jets aren't exactly hesitant to move him if the right offer comes their way. They've already mentally on from the idea that Wilson could be their quarterback of the future, per The Athletic's Zack Rosenblatt.

The biggest reason Wilson is still on the roster, apart from his draft status, is that the Jets can't really move on from him for financial reasons. That is at least before June 1st.

Trading Wilson after June 1st would actually save the Jets nearly $4 million in cap space. They'd lose a little money (under $2 million) by trading him before that date, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

The Jets have done their homework on a few mid-round quarterbacks in this class, including TCU's Max Duggan, Penn State's Sean Clifford, and Purdue's Aidan O'Connell. It might make sense for the Jets to replace Wilson with a different developmental quarterback.

Wilson realistically has just two years left on his rookie contract (assuming the Jets don't pick up his fifth-year option), and his contract is rather expensive for a backup/third-stringer.

If the Jets like one of the mid-round quarterbacks they've met with, perhaps they would consider trading Wilson at some point. Wilson's fate could be sealed if the Jets opt to draft a quarterback at any point later this month.