NY Jets has discussions about signing QB Nick Mullens

NY Jets, Nick Mullens
NY Jets, Nick Mullens / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets remain in search of their backup quarterback even in the middle of June. And that player won't be Nick Mullens after the veteran quarterback signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Mullens was a player who many saw the Jets targeting this offseason given his experience with the new coaching staff. Ultimately, nothing ever came of it.

But that doesn't mean the Jets didn't consider it.

Head coach Robert Saleh was asked about Mullens and if the Jets had discussions about bringing in the ex-49ers QB and he insisted that it was something the team has spoken about internally.

Saleh didn't say if the Jets had actually reached out to Mullens, but he did say that his name came up in internal discussions before the team agreed to focus on giving their young quarterbacks reps this spring.

The NY Jets did discuss the idea of signing Nick Mullens.

Saleh didn't rule out the possibility that the Jets might add a veteran quarterback after minicamp, similar to the way they are going about the cornerback position.

The Jets want to give their young players as many reps as possible during OTAs and minicamp before re-evaluating the roster. At that point, they'll likely sign a veteran or two.

That's especially true for the quarterback position which the Jets will almost have to address at some point. The likes of Mike White and James Morgan simply aren't going to cut it.

Mullens made a ton of sense given his experience with Saleh and new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur as well as his starting experience. Quite frankly, it's a surprise it took this long for a team to snatch him up.

With Mullens off the market, as well as veteran Brian Hoyer who visited with the team prior to the draft, the options are few and far between.

The most discussed possibility has been a trade for Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles — a proposal that makes plenty of sense for both sides.

Other options include free agents such as Robert Griffin III, Brett Hundley, and Matt Barkley or a trade for someone else such as Gardner Minshew.

Either way, it's clear the Jets can't go into the season with White and Morgan as Zach Wilson's primary backups.

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It won't be Mullens, but look for the Jets to acquire a backup quarterback at some point in the near future.