The New York Jets and Zach Wilson could be moving towards an estrangement in the wake of the young quarterback getting benched for a second time this season.
It’s been reported that the Jets are ready to move on from the player they drafted as the No.2 overall pick last year, though head coach Robert Saleh insists the young QB is still part of the team’s future.
According to insider Jeremy Fowler, sources around the league don’t believe Saleh is actually looking to keep Wilson around. But the offseason will paint a clearer picture as it relates to the quarterback’s future in New York.
Fowler also claims to have been told by an NFC executive that the circumstances surrounding Wilson mirror that of Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns’ failed experiment with the QB, who is now showing his value in a Rams uniform.
“I think they do everything possible to trade him — but I think they wait until maybe even the preseason or into the regular season to get his value up,” the exec was quoted as saying in an article written alongside Dan Graziano.
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“There’s nothing right now that says a team wants the Zach Wilson experiment and will trade a draft pick for him. But it could be a Baker Mayfield-type situation [with the Rams] where a team has injuries at the position and needs a spot starter.”
How Wilson Compares To Mayfield
The situation is similar to Mayfield’s in that Wilson has seemingly lost confidence in his ability, while his teammates have also lost faith in him, though they remain on very good terms.
Wilson is not getting everyone scooters for Christmas if that wasn’t the case…
The Jets are in a pretty tough spot here. Giving up on a No.2 pick after 22 starts is not a good look, but they also need to win games and are aware that they can contend for a Super Bowl once they get their QB problems sorted.
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