The NY Jets are going to trade Zach Wilson this offseason. It's no longer a matter of if but a matter of when. The relationship between Wilson and the Jets has soured to the point of no return.
The Jets reportedly told Wilson that he would be traded in the offseason after he was benched for Tim Boyle. While Wilson did eventually play again for the Jets last season, it became abundantly clear that his time in New York was coming to an end.
In reality, both sides are in need of a fresh start. Wilson should be given the opportunity to compete for a backup job with a new team, and the Jets will add a more experienced and competent backup of their own.
But which teams might consider trading for Wilson? What's the best landing spot for the former No. 2 overall pick? Let's take a look at five teams that could trade for Wilson this offseason.
5. The NY Jets could trade Zach Wilson to the Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings managed to overachieve in 2023, staying alive in the playoff race until late in the season despite being forced to start four different quarterbacks following Kirk Cousins' torn Achilles.
Cousins is slated to be a free agent in the offseason, and even though there's mutual interest in a return, they might still be looking for a backup. Wilson would make a ton of sense as a target.
Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell comes from the Shanahan coaching tree and spent time under Sean McVay in a very similar system in Los Angeles. That would make the transition for Wilson much easier.
Wilson could compete with 2023 fifth-round pick Jaren Hall for the primary QB2 job in Minnesota while playing in a similar offensive system to the one he's familiar with.