The NY Jets made the decision to start over at the quarterback position this past offseason moving on from Sam Darnold in favor of the player who would eventually become the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Zach Wilson.
But Wilson wasn't the only quarterback the Jets were connected to in the offseason. Everyone from Deshaun Watson to Aaron Rodgers to Russell Wilson was floated around as a potential option.
Ultimately, the Jets decided to roll with Wilson. And at least one analyst believes they not only made the right choice, but that Wilson is the superior option.
Former NFL quarterback and current analyst Chris Simms was recently asked about a hypothetical Zach Wilson/Russell Wilson trade and which team, the Jets or the Seattle Seahawks, would say no.
And to the surprise of many, Simms insisted that the Jets would be the team to refuse. Simms explained his logic by stating the following.
"Wow, that is a good one. Who says no there? Honestly? I’m going to say the Jets say no. Wilson has already shown enough talent and physical ability already. Don’t look at the stats or the win-loss record, look at some of the things he has done throughout the year and I go woah. If it was all about stats we would have given up on John Elway and Josh Allen way too early. The Jets are building something right now and I have several questions about Russell’s game after this year."- Chris Simms
Would the NY Jets agree to a hypothetical Zach Wilson/Russell Wilson trade?
It should, of course, be noted that any such trade is purely hypothetical. It's hard to see either side being particularly interested in such a swap given the current trajectory of both franchises.
However, it's certainly an interesting argument for Simms to make. Simms even went on to insist that some elements of Zach Wilson's game are already better than his veteran counterpart's.
"In fact, Zach Wilson moves better than Russell. Zach’s arm has more power than Russell. If I was the Jets I’d stand pat, I think Seattle would say yes to this deal though."- Chris Simms
While you could certainly argue that making this trade doesn't make much sense for the Jets given the current state of the roster, it's probably a bit of a stretch to argue in favor of Zach Wilson's current ability.
Wilson has made important strides throughout his rookie season, but he still has a long way to go before he establishes himself as the Jets' long-term starter, let alone one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.
Russell Wilson's play has dipped as of late, but he's still a better QB than his rookie position-mate at this stage, and it isn't particularly close.
Regardless, this scenario isn't a realistic one. But it's certainly interesting to hear Simms insist that the Jets, not the Seahawks, would reject such a proposal.