7 free agent QBs the NY Jets can sign as upgrades over Zach Wilson

Almost anyone would be an upgrade at this point...
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4. The NY Jets can sign Chase Daniel

Everyone's favorite backup quarterback, Chase Daniel actually announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this month. That said, perhaps he'd be willing to return for the right opportunity.

Daniel spent the entirety of his 13-year NFL career as a backup, starting only five of the 74 games he appeared in. He made a living as a capable NFL backup, and in reality, that would be a significant upgrade for the Jets right now.

Daniel has just nine career touchdown passes in 13 seasons. He's gone 2-3 in his five games as a starter. He hasn't even started a game since 2019.

None of that matters, though. Daniel has proven to be a reliable backup quarterback. That makes him a sizable upgrade over what the Jets currently have at their disposal.

3. The NY Jets can sign Matt Ryan

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that veteran quarterback Matt Ryan has reached out to the Jets about coming out of retirement to play this season. To this point, the Jets have shown no interest.

One has to wonder if the performance of Zach Wilson on Sunday changes anything. Ryan retired from the NFL this offseason and has since become a regular broadcaster for CBS. He'd still be a significant upgrade over Wilson.

Ryan started 12 games for the Colts in 2022, finishing with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while still completing 67 percent of his passes. He may be a shell of his former self, but Ryan is still a capable and efficient NFL quarterback.

The biggest downside with Ryan is his lack of mobility, but the Jets would gladly trade Wilson's escapability for Ryan's competence. He should be in serious consideration.