NY Jets leave the door open for a Joe Flacco return in 2023
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets' quarterback room appears to be set entering the 2023 season. Aaron Rodgers joins the team as the new QB1. Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle will compete for the backup job. Chris Streveler returns as a camp body and potential practice squad candidate.
Despite this, the Jets haven't shut the door on a potential Joe Flacco return this season.
General manager Joe Douglas was asked if the Jets were considering bringing back Flacco last week, and the Jets' GM didn't deny that it was a possibility.
Douglas told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that the Jets are "always going to keep the door open when any good player is available" when asked about a potential Flacco reunion.
Of course, it's easy to read that as simple "GM speak," but Douglas could have insisted that the Jets were comfortable with the state of their QB room. Instead, he left the door at least ajar in case the team wants to bring Flacco back in the future.
Does a Joe Flacco reunion make sense for the NY Jets?
Flacco has spent part of the last three seasons on the Jets, making nine total starts with the team. He started four games last season, filling in following injuries to the likes of Zach Wilson and, later, Mike White.
In fact, it was Flacco who started the last game the Jets played this past season. The last time the Jets took the field, Flacco was the individual under center.
Flacco has familiarity with the Jets' offensive system and coaching staff (despite the departure of Mike LaFleur) and is an established veteran, but it really wouldn't make any sense for the Jets to bring him back at this stage.
The Jets already have four quarterbacks under contract, and Flacco's age has evidently caught up to him. There were times last season when Flacco looked like he'd rather be anywhere else but on a football field.
The 15-year NFL veteran hasn't officially retired, but it definitely seems possible that he's played his final game. Perhaps the Jets could explore a reunion if injuries strike the team's quarterback room. That said, there might be better options on the market.
The Jets haven't fully shut the door on a Joe Flacco reunion, but I wouldn't exactly count on it happening. Flacco has more than likely played his last game in green and white.