It’s no secret to anyone the New York Jets were lacking in strong quarterback play in 2022, a big reason the team lost six straight after a 7-4 start and missed the playoffs for a 12th consecutive season. That includes owner Woody Johnson, who spoke to the media Thursday.
Johnson was asked about the quarterback play of the Jets compared to the rest of the team. He said good quarterback play is the “missing piece” for the Jets. Johnson sees the talent of the roster and how much potential they have. He noted how frustrating the final six games were because of that.
Johnson does believe Zach Wilson has talent, but that the switching of quarterbacks is “very hard to do in the NFL because the timing’s off.”
With the notion that the Jets will be in the market for a veteran quarterback, Johnson might have to be ready to open up the checkbook. That’s just fine by him. Johnson said he is “absolutely” open to general manager Joe Douglas going out and exploring paying big money for a veteran.
The Jets currently have about $3.6 million in cap space, per Over the Cap, but have plenty of ways to add cap space, whether that means cutting players or restructuring contracts.
One quarterback that will be available is Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who posted a goodbye to Raiders fans on social media. The Raiders are expected to explore the trade market for Carr, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. Carr is due salaries of $32.9 million, $41.9 million and $41.2 million over the next three seasons. An acquiring team may look to restructure that deal, perhaps via extension.
Will the Jets find that missing piece this offseason? They almost have to at this point or Woody Johnson may very well clean house in 2024.