The New York Jets won a football game on Sunday. What did it cost them? Everything — or at least that’s the way it looks.
With that win, the Jets are currently out on the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Now, they’ll need the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team without a franchise quarterback that’s currently 1-13, to win.
In other words, New York needs to start looking at other quarterback options. Who are some of those options, though? None of them will be considered a generational talent like Lawrence, but there are a few consolation routes.
First, they need to secure a new head coach. Adam Gase just hasn’t been a good fit.
Then, it’s a matter of using the No. 2 pick for one of two things: 1) to put another piece around current QB Sam Darnold or 2) trading the pick for a King’s Ransom in order to build the roster out even more. Keep in mind, the team already has extra first- and third-round picks from a trade that sent Jamal Adams to Seattle.
The combination of draft picks and cap space could save the Jets in the same way that it saved the Miami Dolphins. There are plenty of attractive options that could help the offense in the draft, including wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, tight end Kyle Pitts and others.
Any other quarterback option would likely come from the draft. Sure, trading Darnold and signing a big-ticket free agent is possible, but it’s extremely unlikely. So, who are some of the top options at the position? Here are a few possibilities:
- Zach Wilson, BYU
- Justin Fields, Ohio State
- Trey Lance, North Dakota State
- Mac Jones, Alabama
- Kyle Trask, Florida
We still aren’t sure which of those guys will be included in April’s draft, but there aren’t a lot of enticing options outside of those five players — and Lawrence, of course.
But here’s the thing: if the Jets’ front office feels there is a franchise quarterback worth drafting outside of Lawrence, it’s doubtful they trade out of the No. 2 spot. You don’t risk losing out on a potential franchise option just because you don’t feel it’s a “good value.”
If he’s your guy, he’s your guy — pull the trigger.
The easiest option is off the table now with Lawrence out of the picture. I know that’s hard to read for Jets fans, but there are still possibilities. The No. 1 priority should be moving on from Gase, however.
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