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Jets adding former Giants backup QB Tyrod Taylor on two-year deal

The Jets have added a much-needed veteran backup quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers, signing former Giant Tyrod Taylor to a two-year deal worth up to $18 million, according to numerous reports.

New York struggled mightily and quickly fell out of the playoff picture last season as they shuffled through a QB carousel after losing Rodgers to a season-ending injury in a Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills.

With the Jets on track to trade former first-round pick Zach Wilson this offseason, bringing a reliable veteran into the mix was seemingly one of GM Joe Douglas' top priorities, and he achieved just that on the first day of the legal tampering period.

SNY's Connor Hughes reports that New York felt Taylor was the perfect fit because he's "proven" and they believe they could turn to him to keep the ship afloat if Rodgers were to miss time due to injury.

The 34-year-old certainly has shown he can be that guy, as he's served as one of the top backups in football in recent years, but has also made 58 starts over his career.

Taylor spent the past two seasons just across the hall with Big Blue, and while he didn't see the field much in 2022, he played plenty in 2023-24 as Daniel Jones battled through a lingering neck injury and then suffered a torn ACL. 

Taylor missed time due to an injury of his own, but played relatively well down the stretch, completing 64 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,341 yards and five touchdowns across five starts.