Jets Offseason Wish List: Quarterbacks

With the expected release of Mark Sanchez in the near future, the Jets could be open to bringing in another quarterback to compete with Geno Smith as starter next season. Gang Green could turn to the draft in search for a franchise quarterback for the second straight year, or make a trade to bring in a proven veteran to help the ailing offense.

The New York Jets have struggled to put up points in the last three seasons. The inconsistent play of the skill position players and the below average production coming from the team's quarterbacks have led to the Jets' demise. With John Idzik entering his second offseason, he will look to bring in the best talent through free agency, trades, and the draft to field a high powered offense next season.

Gang Green is expected to part ways with veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez in the ncoming weeks as his production on the field has been in decline since reaching the AFC Championship game in two consecutive seasons in 2009 and 2010. Veteran David Garrard is expected to part ways with the team as he did not see the field once this season. These two expected departures leave only the 2013 second-round draft pick Geno Smith and second-string quarterback Matt Simms.

The free agent market is scarce with talent at the quarterback position, following the re-signing of Jay Cutler to stay in Chicago. The best available option is to bring in a veteran who is familiar with the West Coast system, such as Matt Schaub, via a trade with the Houston Texans.

Schaub has spent his entire career in Houston, where he was a solid signal-caller. He was always known for getting rid of the ball quickly, hitting his target with an accurate strike. His arm strength is nothing too impressive, where Michael Vick's arm offers a powerful strike. Schaub had a miserable season with the Texans last season, throwing 14 interceptions compared to 10 touchdowns. He threw nearly as many pick-sixes as he did touchdowns, which led him to being benched half-way through the season. However, the system and the coaching carousel did not improve his play, as it proved harmful to the entire team. Putting this past season to the side, Schaub would be the best option to bring in through a trade to compete for the starting job against Geno Smith.

Where there is a lack of young talent in free agency, there is a strong group of quarterbacks in this year's draft class. It seems that the best quarterbacks in the draft will be coming off the board fast and early, which could prevent the Jets from drafting another quarterback for the second straight year. Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel seem to be the best fits for New York, as they are athletic enough to avoid being sacked and they have the quick releases to get the ball out in a hurry. They have competed in big games, which they have proven that they do not shy away from the limelight. Both quarterbacks would be a possibility for Idzik to consider if he is willing to move up in the draft, in the attempt to draft a potential franchise quarterback for the second year in a row.


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