The New York Jets made a somewhat surprising maneuver on Saturday morning when they traded for the third overall pick to the Indianapolis Colts…in what appears to be a move for another quarterback.
The Jets officially dealt their sixth overall pick along with the 37th and 49th selections in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Colts in exchange for the third pick.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Jets, who were also interested in trading up to the top pick, have an interest in four quarterbacks – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield.
The Cleveland Browns will have the top pick and could take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. If that takes place, one of the aforementioned four quarterbacks will likely land with the New York Giants at two.
This is all fine and dandy except two glaring things. The Jets signed former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater once free agency opened up last Wednesday…and then re-signed Josh McCown to a one-year, $10 million deal while the latter was at Chick Fil-A.
So, when the 2018 NFL season rolls around, the Jets will have three types of quarterbacks:
- The Opening Day Starter Who Probably Will Not Start The Whole Season (McCown)
- The Backup Who Will Replace The Starter Once The Starter Starts Stinking (Bridgewater)
- The Upstart, High Draft Choice Who Will Replace Both Quarterbacks By The Start Of The 2019 Season (Darnold/Allen/Rosen/Mayfield).
The Jets are indirectly sabotaging themselves by opening up a season full of “hey, when is (fill-in the blank young quarterback going to start?” questions.
There is some method to what the Jets are doing. However, I’m not quite sure what it is exactly.