New York Jets: 5 Free Agent QBs That Could Uproot Geno Smith In 2014
Top 5 Free-Agent Candidates To Replace Geno Smith
The New York Jets' current quarterback situation is an absolute dumpster fire.
Thanks to a boneheaded decision by head coach Rex Ryan in the preseason, Geno Smith was thrown into a starting role on opening day and the rookie quarterback hasn't responded the way everyone in the Big Apple had hoped. After 12 weeks of inconsistent play, Smith's QBR currently sits at 60.4 with eight passing touchdowns and 19 interceptions on the season.
In fact, the last time Smith threw a touchdown MLB's World Series hadn't even started yet! Needless to say, Jets general manager John Idzik will have plenty of decisions to make this offseason. One possibility for "Gang Green" is to sideline Smith after just one year and sign a free agent signal-caller to help pioneer another Jets' playoff run.
Moreover, the free agent pool isn't incredibly deep. However, there are a few names that should peak the Jets' interest. Thankfully, New York has one of the NFL's top offensive lines, which should make the transition from Smith to another quarterback. So while the Jets' playoffs hopes hang by a thread, let's fast forward to the offseason and look at five soon-to-be free agent quarterbacks.
No. 5: Kellen Clemens
Kellen Clemens lucked into a golden opportunity this year when Sam Bradford tore his ACL. Since taking over for the St. Louis Rams, Clemens has posted fairly impressive statistics with five touchdowns and three interceptions in six games. Not to mention, the 30-year-old Clemens has experience with the New York Jets and could serve as a cheap alternative for 2014.
No. 4: Chad Henne
Yes -- Chad Henne plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but that doesn't mean he's chopped liver. In fact, Henne brings quite a bit to the table with experience as both a starter and a back-up. Clearly, Henne isn't the best available quarterback this offseason, yet if he finishes the year strong then the Jets could throw the 28-year-old an inexpensive contract.
No. 3: Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman is currently useless. However, the former 17th-overall pick could benefit from a change of scenery once again. Freeman is the youngest player on this list, which could bode well for a totally inexperienced Jets' team. I wouldn't be surprised if New York decides to take a flier on Freeman, who tossed 27 touchdowns in 2012, in the hopes that he can revive his career in the Big Apple.
No. 2: Michael Vick
From the youngest quarterback on the list to the oldest. As Michael Vick hits free agency this summer, a large elephant will follow him -- the elephant being his age (33.) The Philadelphia Eagles have already moved on from Vick due to his inability to stay healthy and "Father Time" remains undefeated. With that being said, the New York Jets posses on of the NFL's best offensive lines, which is crucial to Vick's success. Keep in mind that the Jets are no strangers to left-handed quarterbacks with a few question marks -- Tim Tebow.
No. 1: Jay Cutler
The Chicago Bears could very well place the franchise tag on Jay Cutler, but if they don't then the gun-slinging quarterback hits the open market. Therefore, the New York Jets would be one team lining up for Cutler's services. Apart from staying healthy, there really isn't a glaring weakness in Cutler's overall game. He can make any throw on the field, runs for the occasional first down and can make-do with a less-than superb supporting cast. The Jets don't have much of a passing offense right now, but that would change with a down-field hurler like Cutler.