Every knowledgeable football fan knows exactly what the Jets need is this offseason, a quarterback. There is a great deal of debate regarding their approach to filling in the position, considering they are in a bit of a bind salary cap-wise. Let's take a look at the possibilities that lie ahead for Gang Green.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez came into the 2012 football season looking to boost his team into the playoffs, but instead made the Jets' fan base question whether he should indeed be the quarterback of the future. Because Sanchez is due a guaranteed $8.25 million this upcoming year, he will most likely be spending the off-season on the Jets roster and in training camp fighting for a chance to start. The talk of the town is about how new offensive coordinator and West Coast offense advocate, Marty Mornhinweg might be able to get Sanchez back on track.
General manager John Idzik hasn't ruled out keeping quarterback Tim Tebow but it's unlikely he'll return because he doesn't fit in with Sanchez. If released, Tebow will cost the Jets $1.531 million, which will be deferred to the Denver Broncos.
Quarterback Greg McElroy seems to have a chance to either keep the third-string signal-caller role or he may have a chance to compete as the starter. If he feels most comfortable playing in a west coast system, which Mornwinheg runs, so don't be surprised to hear his name during training camp as one of the competing arms to Sanchez.
Top Free Agent QB's:
We can realistically take Ravens QB Joe Flacco out of the picture considering what he will demand in a contract and the fact that the Ravens will not let him test free agency. After Flacco there is a large drop off in the quality of QB's in the open market. Since the Jets are cash-strapped anyway they will probably look to sign a buy-low player who has a viable chance to compete in training camp.
1. Matt Moore
He has been the most talked about option for the Jets this offseason. Moore has experience and was in a quarterback battle this past summer before he was passed over for rookie Ryan Tannehill. In 2011, the year he started 13 games, he played well enough to assemble a QBR rating of 56.6. That number was more than double the number Sanchez produced last season.
I haven't heard a lot of noise about Campbell but he would be an interesting choice to bring into camp. Campbell, like Moore, had a fairly good 2011 season for the Oakland Raiders. His play led the Raiders to a 4-2 record before he suffered a broken collarbone that ended his season. He backed up Jay Cutler in Chicago last season.
If the free agent market for quarterbacks seems weak this off-season, it is even weaker for the upcoming 2013 draft. Many experts claim that not one quarterback is worthy of first round consideration, leaving the Jets to carefully address other needs first. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jets use a pick on a signal-caller anywhere from the third to the seventh round, depending on how the draft is playing out.
1. Ryan Nassib
The Jets have been rumored to draft a number of gunslingers but one of the names I've heard most frequently is Ryan Nassib. The Syracuse standout started for the past three seasons and could develop into an effective quarterback in the right system. Nassib's biggest drawback is his inaccurate deep ball and some of his decision-making. Granted, he does have a ton of poise and experience in the college ranks.
Another player to watch is Southern Utah's Brad Sorensen. ESPN's draft expert Mel Kiper mentioned his name as a possible Day 2 player for the Jets to draft. Scouts think he has the physical tools to be one of the better gunslingers in this draft. His level of competition in college is the biggest issue with Sorensen, but when you look at some of the great qua in past draft classes, New York could find it's diamond in the rough.
If Sorensen ends up falling in the draft, it's possible that the Jets would give him a look in the middle rounds. It is much more likely that the team signs a player like Moore and plays out the season with Sanchez or Moore at the helm. If neither player works they will address the quarterback situation in the 2014 draft class, which has the potential to be much stronger.