2. The NY Jets could sign Carson Wentz
If the Jets are going to sign any notable free-agent quarterback, Carson Wentz is likely their best bet. Wentz, for all his glaring flaws as a QB, has still proven that he has the ability to play at a high level in this league.
He's just two years removed from a very respectable 27-touchdown, 7-interception season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021. His 2022 season with Washington was a bit more challenging, but Wentz is likely the best option remaining on the open market.
The former Pro Bowler also has ties to Joe Douglas dating back to their days together in Philadelphia. He likely wouldn't lead the Jets to a Super Bowl, but Wentz would be an upgrade over the team's current quarterback situation.
Wentz's experience with Douglas makes him an obvious fit, and the Jets probably aren't going to do any better on the free-agent market. This move makes a ton of sense.
1. The NY Jets could trade for Jameis Winston
Of all the possible backup quarterbacks the Jets could realistically trade for, Jameis Winston is their best option. He's the Jets' best opportunity to land a QB that can possibly, in some weird world, lead them to a postseason run.
Winston was genuinely very good for the New Orleans Saints in 2021, throwing 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions before a torn ACL cut his season short. By the time he returned in 2022, the Saints had essentially moved on.
Winston still resides as the backup in New Orleans, but the Saints drafted Jake Haener (suspended until Week 7) in the fourth round and have Taysom Hill on their roster. There's every chance that Winston is available for trade.
Winston is a high-upside addition who could realistically be had in a trade. The Jets shouldn't waste any time making a call to the Saints to inquire about his availability.