2. The NY Jets could trade for Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson is the lone example of a player on this list who not only has prior experience with Nathaniel Hackett, but he's someone who has also spent time with the Jets.
Johnson has bounced around professional football for the better part of the last 14 years, spending time with a number of different NFL, XFL, AAF, and even UFL teams. He appeared in three games for the Jets in 2021 and played quite well when called into action.
Johnson spent last summer with the Broncos learning Hackett's system. He was released as part of final roster cuts but spent most of the season on Denver's practice squad before being signed by the San Francisco 49ers.
Now, Johnson is the third-string quarterback in Baltimore — his third stint with the Ravens — meaning that the Jets would need to trade for him. However, much like with Allen, it's hard to imagine he would cost very much to acquire.
1. The NY Jets could sign Chad Henne
The Jets have reportedly shown interest in one specific veteran quarterback at the time of writing, and that player is Chad Henne. The longtime Kansas City Chiefs backup announced his retirement earlier this year, but the Jets have expressed interest in him making an NFL return.
Henne's history with Nathaniel Hackett dates back to their time together in Jacksonville, where Hackett served as his quarterbacks coach and later his offensive coordinator.
The 38-year-old was with the Chiefs from 2018 all the way up until their Super Bowl win last season, although he appeared in just 11 games over that time. Henne has thrown two regular-season touchdown passes since the 2014 season — and they both came in his lone start in 2020.
Still, Henne showed a glimpse of what he had left in the tank when he was forced into action in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last season. If he's willing to come out of retirement, he might be the most logical choice for the Jets.