Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jets’ Quarterback Options in the 2017 Offseason

Alasdair Thornton graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in English, and now works at Comicsverse.com as an intern. Football fan Alasdair Thornton’s favorite team is the New York Jets.

The Jets missed the playoffs for the sixth season in a row in 2016, with their 5-11 record landing them in last place in the AFC East. The team struggled on both sides of the ball; its average points per game (ppg) was the league’s third-worst at only 17.2, and defensively, New York was fifth from the bottom by allowing 25.6 ppg.

Thus, despite not having much salary cap space to work with in the offseason, the Jets are likely to try to make some improvements to their roster. While they currently have four quarterbacks, the Jets may elect to let both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith go their own way in free agency.

Going into the NFL draft with the sixth pick in the first round should allow them the opportunity to acquire a starting quarterback, but if they don’t, the Buccaneers’ backup, Mike Glennon, might be a good fit for the team. While not an all-star, his price tag isn’t outrageous, and a bargain-bin QB could allow management to fill some holes on defense in the draft and free agency.