Zach Wilson and 5 players the NY Jets could trade this offseason
1. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
The Jets continue to publicly insist that they have no plans to trade Zach Wilson. If you believe what Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh, and every representative from the Jets organization have said over the last few months, the team is committed to developing Wilson.
That's what they say, but that doesn't mean that's reality.
We've seen countless examples of NFL teams proclaiming their commitment to a player, only to move on weeks, sometimes days, later. From Josh Rosen to Russell Wilson, it's been proven time and time again that what NFL teams say publicly doesn't always represent the internal thoughts of the organization.
The Jets probably aren't looking to trade Wilson, but if some team comes calling with an intriguing offer, they might consider it. The issue with trading Wilson is timing.
The Jets can't really trade Wilson until after June 1st for salary cap reasons. Trading him prior to the June 1st deadline would mean the Jets take on more dead cap than they save. However, trading him post-June 1st saves the team over $5 million.
That restriction could limit their chances of trading him as teams would likely have their quarterback picture settled before then. Still, if some team is willing to take a chance on the former second-overall pick, and offers an attractive enough package, the Jets might be willing to consider it.
After all, keeping Wilson on the roster as QB3 in 2023 with a near-$10 million cap hit isn't ideal. Moving Wilson makes sense if the price is right.