The quarterback market is heating up for New York Jets, other QB-needy teams
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New York Jets fans are keeping a close eye on any and all quarterback rumors they can consume.
On the morning of Divisional Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided an update on the latest rumblings surrounding the top veteran quarterbacks who might find new homes in the 2023 offseason.
Some QB updates from ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown on Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Lamar Jackson: pic.twitter.com/nvtC06bw0p
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2023
Schefter started with Aaron Rodgers, saying a Rodgers trade is a “very real scenario”. He points out that the Packers are expected to move on from several key players, which Aaron Rodgers “probably will not like”. The issue with Rodgers, Schefter says, is the $110 million left on Rodgers’ contract and finding a team that can afford it.
Next, Schefter discussed Tom Brady. Schefter says Bardy is “taking his time to make a decision” and that he is aiming to keep his plans more closely guarded than last offseason when the news of his retirement leaked early. Schefter added Brady is “expected to want to play for a winning franchise” if he decides to continue playing.
Regarding Derek Carr, Schefter seems convinced that Carr is likely to be traded (rather than released, which will happen on February 15 if Carr is not traded by then). Schefter says “Carr is expected to be traded at some point this offseason,” later adding that he expects it to happen “earlier rather than later”. Remember, on February 15, Carr’s entire 2023 salary ($34.9 million) and $7.5 million of his 2024 salary will become guaranteed.
As for the teams that are interested in Carr, Schefter did not name any teams that are specifically targeting Carr, but he did say “the demand exceeds the supply” in the quarterback market, which will elevate the value of Carr. Schefter name-dropped the Jets, Colts, Commanders, Texans, and the entire NFC South as the top quarterback-needy teams.
Chris Mortensen touched on the Lamar Jackson situation but didn’t really add anything new to what we already know. The Ravens’ brass (head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta) recently held a press conference in which they strongly supported Jackson and stated they will be working hard to strike a deal with him. Most notably, Harbaugh declared he believes there is a “200 percent” chance Jackson remains a Raven.
Jackson is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Baltimore will attempt to negotiate a new contract extension with Jackson, and if that doesn’t happen by the end of the franchise tag window (February 21 to March 7), they will likely apply the tag on him. From there, they can continue trying to work out a deal or begin fielding trade offers.