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Which Veteran Quarterback Should the New York Jets Sign This Offseason?

Could one of these three veteran quarterbacks serve as Zach Wilson's backup in green and white next season?

Save now, spend later. That notion should be, and often is, the plan of attack for all NFL front offices amid a total rebuild; especially for those who have an eye for drafting and developing homegrown talent. Let your young players earn their second contracts, reward them with such, and show the rest of the locker room that there’s a unity and understanding of building a contending team within your own doors.

If you do choose to spend early, as we’ve seen Joe Douglas do from time to time in his first two offseasons with the Jets, ensuring that both the guaranteed money and duration of the contracts are short-lived is a must. You can sign a George Fant to an AAV of $10 million or a Corey Davis to an AAV of $12.5 million, but if you aren’t tied down past two or three years, then you’ve done minimal damage to your long-term plan.

Through his tenure, Douglas has yet to sign a free agent to anything longer than a three-year deal, but now the time has come to be even a tad more frugal. With his third draft coming up and some previous selections continuing to develop and show promise, making sure those individuals don’t leave the building is how the Jets can slowly grow from a meme into legitimacy.

READ: Evaluating Each Player From the New York Jets' 2020 NFL Draft Class

Throughout the course of this series, we’ll look at some economic free-agent options for the Jets across all positions and see just how New York can build up the meat of this roster while not strapping themselves to unfavorable contracts.

Up first, the backup quarterback spot; and no, this is not a slight toward restricted free agent Mike White. While he was impressive in his game against Cincinnati and held his own against New England and briefly in Indianapolis, the Jets focus needs to be around what is best for Zach Wilson and at this time having a veteran voice in his ear should be priority No. 1.

There is always room for three quarterbacks on a depth chart—just as the Jets did this past season—but their first focus must include bringing, or keeping, a seasoned vet for one of those spots. Not only is it crucial to address should Zach Wilson need to miss time in his second season, but also to provide the young signal-caller with a strong, veteran presence to help him manage the ups and downs of life as a quarterback.

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