Two decades ago, the New York Jets involuntarily set up the New England Patriots with a franchise head coach. Could they do the same at quarterback 20 years later? The Jets figure to be a major player in the NFL’s offseason carousel, and it’s possible Gang Green sets off dominoes that lands Jimmy Garoppolo back with New England, answering the lingering question about who can be a long-term replacement for Tom Brady as Patriots QB.
The real movement among quarterbacks might not be in free agency.
Marcus Maye is the best player on the Jets' 2020 roster who is now a free agent, and they need to focus on bringing him back for 2021. The safety, who turns 28 Tuesday, has spent his first four NFL seasons with New York and has been a consistent presence in its secondary, starting all 16 games in three of them (including both 2019 and 2020).