A possible trade for Deshaun Watson while potentially shipping off franchise quarterback Sam Darnold. The No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. A new head coach and outstanding coaching staff. Cap space galore.
For a two-win team that holds the longest active postseason drought in football, the Jets certainly have quite a bit going on this offseason. So much so that two NFL analysts picked New York when selecting which NFL team will be the most interesting this offseason.
ESPN's Mina Kimes and Field Yates picked the Jets in this week's roundtable answering the offseason's biggest questions. Here are their explanations:
Kimes: Jets. There are a lot of teams that need to make a decision at quarterback, but none with as many interesting choices as New York — I truly have no idea whether they'll roll with Sam Darnold again, target Ohio State's Justin Fields or BYU's Zach Wilson in the draft, or trade for Watson. All are legitimate possibilities with a new coaching staff.
Yates: Jets. The draft starts at pick No. 2 this year, and the Jets sit pretty with a pair of first-round picks and a decision to make: Do they further fortify their roster around Sam Darnold and build around him while picking up his 2022 fifth-year option that is fully guaranteed, or do they take a quarterback second overall who can be their new centerpiece? The Jets are well equipped.
As the two NFL analysts alluded to, this offseason is exciting for the Jets because of the different options that this team has.
They can stick with Sam Darnold. They can trade him and draft a quarterback (Zach Wilson or Justin Fields?). They can try to trade for a superstar at the quarterback position. All the while, general manager Joe Douglas and his team have a slew of draft picks to take care of and cap space at their disposal to bring in several weapons in free agency.
Other than the Houston Texans, the team that might trade Watson, no other franchise had more than one vote on this story from ESPN's panel. Others that got recognition include the Jaguars (and top pick Trevor Lawrence), Patriots (moving forward without Tom Brady) and Saints (hoping to contend without Drew Brees).
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