The NY Jets have done the unthinkable and finally signed a veteran quarterback. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets are expected to sign veteran Trevor Siemian to the team's practice squad, pending a physical today.
Siemian spent the summer with the Cincinnati Bengals, although he lost the backup quarterback competition to the young Jake Browning. He started one game for the Chicago Bears in 2022, completing 15-of-26 passes for one touchdown and an interception.
The Siemian signing comes one day after Jets head coach Robert Saleh reaffirmed the team's commitment to Zach Wilson as their starting quarterback. Saleh didn't rule out the possibility that the team could sign another QB, however.
Siemian has previously played for the Jets, infamously starting a game in 2019 as a result of Sam Darnold's bout with mononucleosis. The former Broncos quarterback would suffer an ankle injury early in the game, ending his Jets career after just six pass attempts.
Now, Siemian is back with a chance to reclaim the starting job.
Trevor Siemian is a welcome addition for the NY Jets
It's easy to forget now, but Siemian was once a capable low-end starting quarterback. He was even named a Pro Bowl alternate for the 2016 season after throwing 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games with the Denver Broncos.
Of course, that was seven years ago at this point, but Siemian has proven to be a capable backup. The Northwestern product threw for 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions in six games (four starts) with the New Orleans Saints in 2021.
At the very least, he's absolutely an upgrade over the current crop of quarterbacks the Jets currently have, although that was a low bar to clear.
Siemian will join the Jets' practice squad for the time being as he gets acclimated with the team's offense. For now, it's still the Zach Wilson show with Tim Boyle as the backup, but Siemian gives the Jets a capable backup QB who can be elevated to the active roster in the near future.
In reality, that's all Jets fans have been asking for.