9 realistic QB options for NY Jets after Aaron Rodgers injury

What can the Jets possibly do at quarterback?
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6. The NY Jets could sign Blake Bortles

Jets fans might not want to hear this, but Blake Bortles makes some degree of sense as a quarterback target. The 31-year-old Bortles likely wouldn't be seen as an upgrade over Wilson, but he could potentially be brought in as depth.

That's because Bortles found his most success working under Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in Jacksonville. It's easy to forget, but Bortles had a couple of really nice seasons with the Jaguars before the wheels fell off.

Now, Bortles hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2019. He hasn't started a game since 2018. He did spend time on the active rosters of the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and New Orleans Saints over the last few years, but he never appeared in a game.

There's also the fact that Bortles officially announced his retirement last October. He's worth throwing out there as an option, however, if only because of his experience with Hackett.

5. The NY Jets could sign Nick Foles

Another player with Jets ties is former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Foles notably spent time in Philadelphia with Joe Douglas, so there are reasons to believe there could be interest from the Jets.

The issue is that Foles, currently a free agent, hasn't exactly looked very good when given the opportunity to play in recent years. He threw four interceptions and a whopping zero touchdowns in two starts with the Colts last season.

Foles has proven that he can be a reliable backup in the past, but it's been a few years since we've seen that Foles. What does the 34-year-old have left in the tank in the year 2023?

That's the question the Jets will be asking themselves. Still, he's one of the more interesting names on the free-agent market, and his ties to Douglas make him an obvious candidate to at least serve as a backup to Zach Wilson.