Florham Park, N.J. - This season for New York Jets has been one to forget. Playoff hopes have been nearly dashed with a 3-7 record. After nearly leading the Jets to their first playoff game since 2010, Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the league in interceptions. He's been replaced by Geno Smith, who tore his ACL, and Bryce Petty, who hasn't stood out. It looks like the team might be with a new quarterback next season. Here are 10 possible options the Jets could have under center:
1) Kirk Cousins: He is clearly the best option out of all the 2017 free agents. He had an unbelievable 2015 season, throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns. This season, Cousins has already thrown for 14 touchdowns and 2,716 yards in nine games. Washington is 5-3-1 this season and are in contention for the Wild Card in the NFC. Cousins has emerged as a leader and can be the one to lead the change next season.
2) Case Keenum: Also going to be a free agent, Keenum isn't a great option, but it's something. He's led the Rams to 4-5 this season before being benched for Jared Goff. To be fair though, the run game greatly struggled this season and lifted none of the pressure off Keenum. He has a 61% completion percentage and has thrown for 2,169 yards in nine games. However, he has 11 interceptions to nine touchdowns which worries me. Yet, he is much more affordable than Cousins.
3) Tony Romo: This NEEDS to happen. The Jets would have to package up a deal to land Romo. Possibly a draft pick or two with a player or a 1st or 2nd round pick. It's clear the Cowboys found the future of their franchise in Dak Prescott, but that doesn't mean Romo's career is over. In 2014 he threw for 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Injuries cut his season short last year and this year. However, Romo has a 102.9 passer rating in the 4th quarter (the best ever). At 36 years old, he can still play at a high level while grooming a young quarterback.
4) Bryce Petty: Drafted in 2015, Petty has taken big steps from year one into year two. He's played behind Fitzpatrick and Smith, gaining from their experience while learning from their mistakes. In two games this season, he has 182 yards and one touchdown to one interception. Petty hasn't been given the full opportunity he deserves. This season is basically a tryout for Petty to prove what he's got. Petty has a big arm that can really do some damage if properly groomed.
5) Christian Hackenberg: He has the world as his oyster. Hackenberg was taken in the 2nd round of this past NFL draft, a year after the Jets drafted a quarterback. Seen as one of the top quarterbacks coming out of college, he threw for 8,318 yards and 48 touchdowns in three years in college with a QB rating of 121.4. Hackenberg played with a weak offensive line in his final years at Penn State, so his numbers could have been better. If he puts the effort in, Hackenberg could make a large jump heading into 2017.