The NY Jets are expected to part ways with former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson this offseason. Following a tumultuous three years in New York, Wilson is almost certain to be playing for a new team in 2024.
Some might expect the Jets to have some trouble finding a trade partner, given Wilson's significant struggles over the last three seasons. That doesn't appear to be the case, however.
uSTADIUM is reporting that Wilson is expected to have "multiple suitors" this offseason. Several teams are expected to reach out to the Jets about a potential Wilson trade.
The report goes on to state that the projected compensation for the trade is believed to be either a Day 3 pick or a swap of mid-round draft picks. The Jets should have no issues offloading their former starting QB this offseason.
The NY Jets will trade Zach Wilson this offseason
Following two abysmal seasons as the Jets' starting quarterback, Wilson was expected to serve as Aaron Rodgers' primary backup in 2023. This was supposed to be a redshirt year for Wilson — he wasn't supposed to play.
Instead, Wilson would be thrust into the spotlight again following Rodgers' injury in Week 1. The former BYU star would start 11 games for the Jets, throwing just eight touchdowns and seven interceptions while averaging a lowly 5.8 yards per attempt.
Wilson's time with the Jets, for all intents and purposes, came to an end after he was benched midseason for Tim Boyle. Although he eventually returned to the starting lineup upon Boyle's release, the damage had been done.
The Jets reportedly met with Wilson after his initial benching and agreed to part ways in the offseason. Nothing that happened over the final few weeks of the season has changed that plan.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas was notably hesitant when discussing Wilson's future with the organization earlier this month. It's not hard to read between the lines — Wilson will be traded.
It should come as no surprise that teams are still interested in trading for Wilson as, despite his struggles, he is still a former No. 2 overall pick with obvious upside. Teams are always willing to take chances on players like that.
Ultimately, both Wilson and the Jets need a change of scenery. The Jets need a more reliable and competent backup quarterback behind Rodgers in 2024, and Wilson needs a fresh start with a new team.
Both should get their wish in the coming weeks/months.