With the NFL season opening up on March 14, the New York Jets have hit the ground in free agency and have moved mountains during the first two weeks.
With a trade involving the Colts, the Jets now have the 3rd overall pick in the 2018 Draft. This ensuring the Green and White will have a selection of one of the top three QB’s in the draft in Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold. The Jets will have the opportunity to take a QB inside the top 5 for the first time since Mark Sanchez in 2009.
Free Agency Moves: QB
Also along with the Draft trade, Mike Maccagnan was extremely busy during Pro-free agency. He brought in over 10 new faces as well as re-signing many more.
At the quarterback position (probably the biggest high-profile move made by the Jets) was the signing of former Vikings QBTeddy Bridgewater. Maccagnan signed Bridgewater to a 1 year $6 million dollar deal with only $500,000 guaranteed.
Last years’ week one starter Josh McCown will also be returning to the Green and White with the 39-year-old coming off a career year which included 2,926 passing yds and 18 TD’s in only 13 games. He is coming off an injury which cut his season a month short, but will an offseason under his belt he will be good to go come training camp. His experience will be absolutely fantastic for Bridgewater as well as whoever else is on the roster.
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Bryce Petty and Christan Hackenberg also remain on the roster. However, it seems unlikely the 4th and 2nd round draft selections will be with the Green and White heading into the season. Last season Todd Bowles only kept three QB’s on the 53 man roster, and it’s also good to note NYJ have Terrelle Pryor as well. Pryor played QB in college, so sticking with three and Pryor would make sense especially to be used as a backup in extreme injury circumstances.
Current QB Depth Chart:
Starter- Josh McCown
Backup- Teddy Bridgewater
Others- Bryce Petty & Christian Hackenberg