This could become New York’s top priority if it can’t reach a deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick. But even if the Jets do re-sign Fitzpatrick, they will still need to find the franchise quarterback that has evaded them for decades.
Fitzpatrick’s shelf life probably wouldn’t last much longer than 2017. He’s already 33 years old and it’s hard to expect a duplication of his career season.
The Jets will have plenty of options at quarterback throughout the draft. The top quarterbacks – Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz – probably aren’t realistic options, barring a trade. But there are plenty of talented quarterbacks in this draft outside of those two.
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch possesses a ton of upside and arm talent, but could afford a season on the bench learning a pro style offense. Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg are each enticing prospects with their fair share of flaws.
How things play out with Fitzpatrick over the next couple of weeks could determine the future of the New York Jets quarterback conundrum.