The Jets’ Plan B at quarterback isn’t necessarily loaded with top-notch free-agent options, but there are a few signal callers who make sense. Let’s handicap the pool:
Odds: Even Money
Teddy Bridgewater seems like a strong bet to join Gang Green.
The 25-year-old free agent would be a solid signing given his early-career success (17-12 record as a starter with one playoff appearance). Bridgewater, of course, comes with risk given that he hasn’t started a game since his grievous knee injury in training camp two years ago. He’ll come relatively cheap, so it could the type of low-risk, high-reward signings that Mike Maccagnan has pulled off in the past. The biggest question is this: Will Bridgewater get a fair chance to resurrect his career as a starter if Josh McCown and a first-round rookie are on the roster?
Josh McCown would make a nice fit following a career year with the Jets.
McCown could still return to the Jets after his career campaign. The 15-year veteran made an impact on and off the field for Gang Green. His on-field production (career highs in passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and starts) in his first season with the Jets is only part of the reason why it’s a no-brainer to bring him back. He was the team’s undisputed leader, a respected veteran voice in a locker room looking for direction. He’ll be a terrific mentor for the quarterback that the Jets are expected to draft in the first round.
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The four-year veteran with four career starts (including one in the playoffs) wants to be a starter, but that’s not realistic with the Jets. McCarron, who will turn 28 in September, wouldn’t be the worst No. 2 QB option, but there are better choices for Gang Green.
Mike Glennon was an option last offseason, but it turned out to be a good move that he ended up elsewhere.
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The Jets were interested in Glennon when he was a coveted free agent last year. In hindsight, it was best that the Bears gave him the most loot, because he flamed out quickly. Would Gang Green be willing to bring in this veteran on the cheap to be their bridge starter? Maybe… if McCown weren’t around.
Don’t get me wrong. The Super Bowl MVP is a quality player, but it makes absolutely no sense for the Jets to dole out premium draft compensation AND a new contract for this guy. If Foles were an unrestricted free agent rather than a player entering the final year of his contract, then he would be in the mix. But giving up a first- or second-rounder (plus an additional pick) would be reckless and bad business.
Odds: Off the board
If there’s one quarterback who we know can not handle playing in New York, it’s this guy. Been there, done that. No thanks.
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