Bill Belichick ripped the Jets for already setting Zach Sudfeld up to fail miserably. In the process, he took a shot at the Jets’ decision to draft a center from a small school in the seventh round. His point was that it was a risk to take a small-school player with as many question marks as Sudfeld in the first round, with so many established veterans at the position already on the roster.
After a disastrous first few games in which the New York Jets’ first-round pick had been in on just six tackles, Zach “Ziggy” Wilson was in the news again because he was a) getting hurt and b) being carried off the field, limping in pain, after a single play against the New England Patriots.
Shortly after the Jets drafted rookie defensive back Zach Wilson in this year’s NFL Draft, the Jets’ Peter King–the man who makes the picks–stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy when he wrote that the Jets were getting a player who may be the best in the draft, but also the one that will cost them the most.
According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the New York Jets have already released rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.
How is this possible? The Jets have made several moves this season, including in the NFL Draft, to give Wilson the best chance to succeed and become the Jets’ first true quarterback since Mark Sanchez. But, according to King, they forgot an important step.
Peter King wants the New York Jets to help Zach Wilson (pictured) by trading him for Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles | Mike Stobe/Getty Images
If King was in charge of the Jets instead of writing a weekly column, he would have already made a big deal out of the team’s quarterback room.
Jets fans might be surprised to hear that, for once, a prominent member of the media isn’t criticizing draftees from the team. During a recent appearance onMoose & Maggieon WFAN in New York, King instead criticized the Jets for not bringing in Nick Foles, the former Super Bowl MVP, from the Chicago Bears to replace Wilson.
The Jets should have Nick Foles on their team. He’s not with the Chicago Bears, okay? And it’s just funny that he’s still a Chicago Bear and not a New York Jet. It has to be done. … It’s ridiculous to think we should go into the season with Zach Wilson at quarterback without a good backup.
Foles is currently third on the Bears’ depth chart, behind Andy Dalton and Justin Fields, who was selected 11th overall in this year’s NFL Draft.
James Morgan and Mike White were behind Wilson on the Jets’ roster at the time of publication. Morgan, fourth-round pick in 2020, didn’t play in a single game last season. White, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, has yet to complete a single pass since his regular season NFL appearance.
.@FieldYates painted a fascinating picture in his ESPN column. Because of Nick Foles’ contract ($4 million guaranteed in 2021 and $5 million in 2022), the #Bears team could take a portion of that salary and possibly attach a #NFLDraft pick to it to convince the team to trade him. Hello, #Jets on line 1. pic.twitter.com/ldfVylczSt
– Paul Andrew Asden Jr. (@BoyGreen25) 1. July 2021
Without another trade, the Jets will open the 2021 season without a 53-year-old quarterback who has already thrown NFL passes. That’s not what you want after selecting a quarterback in the first round for the second time in four years.
Gone are the days when you select a quarterback and then ignore him for a season or two. After losing Trevor Lawrence, the Jets did not use the second-round pick for Wilson, who was expected to spend his first season in the helmet and with the change-of-pace pad.
The Jets maintained all season that Morgan and White would get preseason games. There’s nothing wrong with that philosophy, but it shouldn’t keep the team from acquiring an experienced quarterback before the regular season starts on the 12th. September begins.
Foles has already established a relationship with Jets general manager Joe Douglas since his time in Philadelphia. The problem is that Fowles has two years left on his current contract. He will receive a base salary of $4 million per year and a bonus of $4 million in 2022.
You could say that’s a lot of money for a backup quarterback who turns 33 in January 2022. But $9 million over two years may be the right price for a proven veteran who can be a reliable backup and help an up-and-coming quarterback adjust to the NFL.
Let’s assume the Jets decided Foles wasn’t worth taking. At the same time, the Jets admit that adding a backup senior quarterback is the best decision.
At the time of publication, the free agent market is not full of quarterbacks who fit this profile. The best option is probably Matt Barkley, another former quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. The veteran spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he assisted Josh Allen.
Gardner Minshew is currently Lawrence’s replacement with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although Minshew is cheap and has experience as a starter, his price may be too high in the market. The same goes for Kyle Allen, who could become available for a corresponding price depending on how the battle for the Washington football team’s quarterback position unfolds.
It’s hard to disagree with King here. If the Jets are smart, they will seriously consider bringing in Foles at any cost. We lose too much going into the season without an experienced reserve player in the team.
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