5 veteran backup quarterbacks the NY Jets should target in 2024

The Jets need to sign a competent backup QB this offseason

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2. The NY Jets could sign Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett is good enough to legitimately start on a handful of teams around the NFL. He's proven over the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Commanders that he's a very capable low-end starter in this league.

Brissett started 11 games for the Browns in 2022, finishing with 12 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He completed 64 percent of his passes and averaged a career-high 7.0 yards per attempt.

Jets fans got a close look at Brissett in December when he helped orchestrate a near Commanders comeback win on Christmas Eve. If not for a hamstring injury suffered in practice the following week, he would've started the remainder of the year for Washington.

Brissett might have other opportunities to compete for a starting job on other teams, but if he's willing to come to New York and serve as Aaron Rodgers' backup, the Jets should be all over him this offseason.

1. The NY Jets could sign Ryan Tannehill

This, at least on paper, feels like the most likely option for the Jets. Ryan Tannehill is set to be a free agent this offseason, and it's hard to imagine he'll return to Tennessee after he was benched in favor of rookie Will Levis last year.

Tannehill will be 36 years old in July, and it sure seems like his time as a starter is over. The Jets make a ton of sense as a landing spot for Tannehill to transition into a full-time backup role.

The Texas native could reunite with multiple former Titans coaches in New York, including former offensive coordinator Todd Downing and assistants Keith Carter and Tony Dews. He's already familiar with the offensive coaching staff.

Tannehill is likely still a high-end backup quarterback at this stage of his career, and his experience with Downing and the others makes him a likely target. At the very least, he's a significant upgrade over the likes of Zach Wilson, Trevor Siemian, and Tim Boyle.

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