The NY Jets have been consistent in their rhetoric that they have no plans to trade Zach Wilson this offseason. The organization remains committed to his development and fully plans for him to be on the roster in 2023.
At least, that's what they've said publicly. In reality, Wilson can likely be moved for the right package.
We've seen countless teams reiterate their commitment to their quarterback only to send them packing months, if not weeks, later. From Josh Rosen to Russell Wilson, there is plenty of prior precedent. Public comments rarely represent the internal thoughts of a front office.
The Jets might plan for Wilson to be on their roster in 2023, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen. Wilson is not going to factor heavily into the team's quarterback plans this season. That could result in a win-now team like the Jets moving him for other assets.
Now, the timing of such a trade would be important. Trading Wilson before June 1st would incur a dead cap charge of over $11 million, meaning that the most feasible timeline for a trade would be after June 1st.
In that scenario, the Jets would actually save nearly $4 million in cap space with a dead cap charge of $5.73 million. It's totally possible that the Jets choose to go that route if they feel the value is right.
But which teams make sense as potential trade partners for Wilson? We take a look at nine teams the Jets can consider trading Zach Wilson to this offseason.