The New York Jets remain the most talked about team in the league when it comes to what they are going to do in free agency as well as the 2021 NFL Draft at the end of April.
The team has a huge decision to make when it comes to their starting quarterback spot. Is Sam Darnold going to be in that mix, or is the team going to either draft a QB or try to snag one from another team via trade?
The big rumor has been that the Jets were a front runner for Houston Texans unhappy quarterback Deshaun Watson, but that rumor has died down since Watson has said he doesn’t want to go to New York.
As for Darnold, he’s been New York’s starter for the last three seasons since he was drafted third overall in 2018.
Since then though it’s been a struggle. He’s just 13-25 as a starter, and has thrown 45 touchdowns with 39 interceptions.
So with new coach Robert Saleh and GM Joe Douglas in the mix looking to quickly turn things around, the team is doing its homework on the current quarterback situation.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports today via Twitter that the Jets are looking at the top QBs in the draft before they do anything regarding Darnold.
The #Jets are planning to complete their evaluations of the top QBs in the NFL Draft before making any decisions on Sam Darnold, sources say. That includes Pro Days and interviews. While they’ve received real interest in Darnold, they want to get the full QB picture first.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 22, 2021
If the Jets do decide to go the trade route to get a new quarterback, Darnold could be in the mix as part of a trade package.
Or the team could use the second overall pick for Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who a number of mocks have going to the Big Apple to take over the quarterback spot.
Plenty of things could happen between now and draft day, but it sounds like the Jets are doing what they can to make sure they make the right decision as to who will play QB in 2021.