There is no question that the New York Jets are going to bring in competition for Geno Smith at quarterback. However, the question is, where do they bring the competition from?
There as been much talk about the Jets pursuing such quarterbacks as Kirk Cousins, Michael Vick, or Matt Schaub, all expected to be highly available this offseason. This would be a mistake to add any three. There is a reason why they are all predicted to be available this offseason — they weren’t good where they were before. Schaub had a disastrous year. Do the Jets really want him to be the competition for Smith? Vick has not panned out the way the Philadelphia Eagles wanted him to. Do the Jets want him as a potential starter? Cousins, out of the three, would be the best option. However, with the trade signing would come a hefty contract which is too much for a potential backup.
This leaves the draft. The Jets have no chance of picking up Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater, nor would they want to use their first pick on a quarterback. Potential quarterbacks to pick up are Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Tajh Boyd and Zach Mettenberger. These quarterbacks had great college careers and are low-risk investments if they don’t pan out, but give Smith necessary competition.
Look, I may be completely wrong in this, and people may argue that how is it competition for Smith if he’s going against rookies drafted in the third, fourth or fifth round. My theory is, why spend money in free agency or trade for quarterbacks who have not had much success in the NFL and have not performed well at all recently when you can dip into the draft and take a quarterback who might surprise you.
Who knows, maybe the Jets can draft their own Russell Wilson.