The Jets were dealt a crushing blow on Monday, when new star quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a torn Achilles just minutes into his New York debut.
The club’s worst fears came true on Tuesday morning, when they received confirmation that Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles tear. Rodgers suffered the injury on the Jets’ fourth offensive snap of the contest.
With the four-time league MVP out for the year, there have been nonstop names floated around as potential replacements in Gotham. USA Today’s Jack McKessy mentioned several trade options for the Jets, including a former No. 2 overall pick in Mitch Trubisky:
“Mitch Trubisky (Steelers), Jacoby Brissett (Commanders), Marcus Mariota (Eagles) and Taylor Heinicke (Falcons) are all players who either entered 2022 as Week 1 starters or started a majority of their teams’ games last year.
Teddy Bridgewater (Lions), Andy Dalton (Panthers) and Jameis Winston (Saints) are other current backups with years of starting experience in the past.”
The Chicago Bears infamously drafted Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes (and any other future non-QB superstars) with the second overall pick in 2017. Through Trubisky never lived up to expectations in the Windy City, he did lead the club to playoff berths in 2018 and 2020.
With 64 game appearances and 55 starts under his belt, Trubisky could be a worthwhile add for the Jets. Head coach Robert Saleh did state that this is Zach Wilson’s team the rest of the way, but it never hurts to have a safe insurance option.
Trubisky spent the 2021 season as Josh Allen’s backup in Buffalo. Last year, he opened the year as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starter before losing the job to Kenny Pickett. Trubisky went 2-3 last season with a 65.0 completion percentage for 1,252 yards and four touchdowns against five interceptions.
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