The New York Jets acquired veteran signal-caller Aaron Rodgers to bring them back to playoff contention and, they hope, Super Bowl glory. But what should they do about Zach Wilson?
Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, is now No. 2 behind his mentor, Rodgers, on the Jets’ depth chart. Four-time league MVP Rodgers, 39, is still very much an effective quarterback and one who recently renegotiated his contract to take a $35 million pay cut and show his multi-year commitment to New York.
That leaves Wilson in a precarious spot after he was benched midway through the 2022-23 season due in large part to his poor on-field performance.
Should the Jets keep him as a potential long-term replacement for whenever Rodgers decides to retire, or trade him now and see what they can get in return?
Colin Cowherd is in the latter camp, especially after Wilson impressed while getting the start against the Cleveland Browns in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3, which kicked off the preseason with most first-stringers on both sides sitting out.
“There are three levels of first-round quarterbacks,” Cowherd explained. “No. 1, you identify immediately, they’re a star. Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson — everybody in the building knows yeah, that’s gonna work.
“The second level is, ‘They’ve got some talent, there’s a reason they were taken in the first [round], they may be a franchise guy, [but] not for us. Took us a couple [of] years to figure it out, but they’re not our guy. We’ll try to move them and salvage the pick. The third is when everybody in the building, mostly, by the end of the first year knows, ‘We whiffed.’”
Cowherd says the good news for Wilson and Trey Lance, who was picked one spot behind Wilson in 2021 and has also struggled to pan out with the San Francisco 49ers, is that Cowherd believes they fall more into the second category than the third.
“Wilson’s got a beautiful arm,” Cowherd said. “He snaps passes off. He makes…
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Publish date : 2023-08-05 23:23:33
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