Ranking the top 12 free agent QBs the NY Jets can sign in 2023

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6. The NY Jets can sign Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew found some success early in his career as a starter on those back Jacksonville Jaguars teams. Minshew threw for 37 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions in two years as a starter, but NFL teams don't really see him as a starting option.

The former Washington State standout has his limitations as a passer, and those limitations were on display when he stepped in for the injured Jalen Hurts last year. Still, Minshew is a quality backup who could make sense for the Jets if the price is right.

5. The NY Jets can sign Taylor Heinicke

Taylor Heinicke has been a really fun story. The former XFL backup QB came out of nowhere to start 24 games over the last two seasons with the Washington Commanders. He even usurped Carson Wentz on the depth chart last year.

Heinicke is an exciting, volatile quarterback who has his fair share of head-scratching moments, but he won over that locker room in Washington. Every NFL team can find room for someone like Heinicke, even if he probably isn't a starting-level QB.

I'm not sure the Jets are a great fit for Heinicke, as he could probably find a better opportunity elsewhere, but I'd be all for it if the value was there.

4. The NY Jets can sign Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton doesn't get enough credit for his performance last season. Dalton took a New Orleans Saints team with a broken-down offensive line and a depleted skill position group and managed to play some pretty good football.

The 12-year veteran finished with a career-high 66.7 completion percentage on 7.6 yards per attempt — the second-highest of his lengthy NFL career. Dalton didn't light up the stat sheet, but he played mostly efficient football and made the most of a poor situation.

Still, at 35 years old, no team is going to view him as a starter this offseason. The Jets could certainly use him as a backup, though, as long as the price is reasonable.