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Jets Okay QB Wilson to look for trade, will not tag Huff

  • Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 28, 2024, 01:19 PM ET

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The New York Jets have actually approved Zach Wilson’s representative authorization to consult with other groups about a prospective trade, basic supervisor Joe Douglas informed press reporters Wednesday at the searching integrate in Indianapolis.

While Wilson’s days with the group appear numbered, the Jets are attempting to re-sign extremely concerned pass-rusher Bryce Huff before he ends up being a complimentary representative, however they will not utilize the franchise tag, Douglas stated.

Wilson’s fate was sealed at the end of the season, when the Jets made it clear they would remain in the marketplace for a veteran backup to play behind Aaron Rodgers. That belief was strengthened just recently by owner Woody Johnson, who stated, “We require a backup quarterback. We didn’t have one in 2015.”

Douglas stated he has actually had discussions with Wilson’s representative, Brian Ayrault. Douglas didn’t state whether Wilson– prepared No. 2 total in 2021– asked for a trade, although it’s clear that he’s trying to find a modification of surroundings. The group informed him throughout the season that it would want to accommodate him, sources stated.

“I’m going to circle back with Brian at some time today or next week simply to see how those discussions go,” Douglas stated. “But aside from that, there’s absolutely nothing else to report.”

League sources informed ESPN just recently that Wilson, who has the league’s second-lowest Total QBR over the previous 3 seasons, would bring just a late-round draft choice in a trade. The Jets might look for a conditional choice, based upon playing time.

After 2 frustrating seasons as the starter, Wilson was changed by Rodgers, with the company hoping that he ‘d be groomed by the future Hall of Famer. The strategy went awry when Rodgers tore his left Achilles tendon on the 4th play of the season, requiring Wilson into action.

The offense had a hard time strongly, as Wilson won just 4 of 11 starts with 8 goal passes and 7 interceptions. He was benched in favor of journeyman Tim Boyle, then went back to the lineup before suffering a season-ending concussion in Week 15.

Wilson is counting $11.2 million on the cap and due to make $5.5 million in ensured cash this season. His fifth-year choice for 2025 would need to be worked out by May 2, however there’s no possibility of that taking place.

Douglas sounded positive about landing a quality backup.

“We’re still actually early in the offseason, particularly when it concerns the veteran backup landscape and market,” he stated.

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