The New York Jets are expected to attempt to trade QB Zach Wilson this offseason, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Jets take on the New England Patriots in the final week of the 2023 regular season on Sunday. At 6-10, the Jets have already been eliminated from playoff contention. The season was basically over before it began after QB Aaron Rodgers was injured on the first drive of the campaign. Wilson was again thrust into starting duties at QB and failed to help the Jets win games. The franchise will now try and find a new home for the young QB.
Which teams might be interested in Wilson?
Every team and no teams? That seems like the best way to describe the market for Wilson. While Wilson’s performance and stats don’t inspire confidence, it could have just been the Jets’ inability to do anything right throughout his tenure there. Wilson has completed 57% of his passes for 23 TDs and 25 INTs for a 73.2 QB rating over three seasons in the NFL. That has translated to a 12-21 record. So either you believe Wilson is a very bad QB or you believe he can still live up to some of that potential with a change of scenery. Wilson is still just 24 years old and is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Not that Wilson would be the answer as a starting QB, but here are the teams who will likely be in the market for a QB (either via the draft or free agency):
The Steelers have Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph but neither jumps out as a long-term starter. The Browns have Deshaun Watson and appear to be stuck with his contract but could bring Wilson in as a backup. The Vikings will need to replace Kirk Cousins. The Falcons still don’t have a QB after Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke didn’t work out this season. The Raiders didn’t have any success with Jimmy G and Aidan O’Connell. The Commanders failed with Sam Howell. The Patriots had their worst season in recent memory with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe playing QB.
We also mentioned above that every team might be interested. To get a reclamation project that is controlled for a season and is relatively cheap isn’t a bad idea for any contending team. Perhaps Wilson can turn his career around a bit with a new team and better coaching. So don’t be surprised to see a playoff team go after Wilson after the season to add more depth at quarterback. If this season has taught us anything, it’s that you need a capable starter behind at QB2 with so many injuries taking place.