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Jets Set to Pursue Veteran Backup QB

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The Jets made a mistake by not backstopping Aaron Rodgers with a veteran option this season, putting their Zach Wilson redevelopment effort just behind the aging starter. The team paid the price for that strategy, but by all accounts, it is ready to move on from the disappointing former No. 2 overall pick.

With Wilson either set to be cut or perhaps traded, the Jets are going to need a new backup quarterback. GM Joe Douglas confirmed recently (via ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini) a high probability exists the team will be in the market for a veteran to play behind Rodgers.

The team passed on the likes of Carson Wentz or a reunion with Joe Flacco, setting up the Browns to make an improbable playoff run behind borderline-stunning Flacco play. Once Rodgers went down, Jets ownership is believed to have capped the Jets due to the money already poured into the April trade for the Packers great. A September addition potentially impacting Wilson’s confidence also may have played a role in the team’s modest efforts following Rodgers’ Achilles tear, which led to Trevor Siemian joining the practice squad.

Siemian finished the season as the team’s starter, concluding a year in which a story featured Wilson voicing hesitancy about returning to the starting lineup and the Jets cutting the player they benched Wilson for — Tim Boyle — a day after his second start. With Wilson likely done in New York, the Jets will regroup with a more reliable option.

When you have a Hall of Fame quarterback, you’re going to build it around his strengths, period,” Saleh said last month. “That’s a very common thing throughout the league. It’s not just a Jets thing. That’s leaguewide.

Could we have done things better? I’m talking about myself and the coaching staff, with regards to, ‘All right, this is our worst-case scenario, now what?’ Absolutely, and it’s something that we will make sure that we do a heck of a lot better with in 2024.”

Considering the impact quarterback injuries made this season, the QB2 market could well see a boost. A high number of the backup options that signed this year are due back on the market soon. Jacoby Brissett, Drew Lock, Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota, Tyler Huntley, Jameis Winston and three-year Jets starter Sam Darnold will be among the options set to be available. The 49ers seem unlikely to bring back Darnold, but this regime having traded the former No. 3 overall choice would seemingly impact a reunion. Would a Flacco return make sense? The Browns, as should be expected, will continue to build around Deshaun Watson‘s $230MM contract.

Recent starters Ryan Tannehill and Gardner Minshew also could factor into the backup market, though both are undoubtedly eyeing setups that would allow them to compete for a starting job. That would not be the case in New York, where a Rodgers-driven arrangement remains. The Jets are bringing back Douglas, Saleh and OC Nathaniel Hackett in a rather high-profile mulligan in the wake of the wreckage the Rodgers injury caused. But a quarterback that will give the organization more stability than what Wilson offered stands to be part of the 2024 equation as well.

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