It would be a grave understatement to say that the quarterback situation for the New York Jets in 2023 has been a complete nightmare.
It has been a complete nightmare for Gang Green behind center since Aaron Rodgers went down with a torn Achilles on the team’s opening offensive drive in week one. Zach Wilson, the second-overall pick in 2021, wasn’t able to live up to expectations in his third season with A-Rod at his side.
Even yet, there has been drama surrounding Wilson’s return, as rumors circulated that the 24-year-old signal-caller was hesitant to return to the starting lineup.
There were rumors that Wilson was afraid of being hurt behind the awful offensive line of the Jets, but new information has clarified his hesitation to return to starting quarterback.
Zach Wilson was told by Robert Saleh that he would be traded
A new report from Deseret News claims that after Wilson’s most recent benching, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told him he would be traded in the offseason.
Sources close to the situation confirmed to the Deseret News that the Jets have told Zach Wilson he will be traded after the season. Wilson and coach Robert Saleh agreed to a mutual parting following the benching — again — of Wilson and before the team decided to return him to the starting position Sunday.
Wilson’s lack of enthusiasm for the chance to regain the starting job in New York is understandable if this rumor is accurate, especially considering the team has previously expressed its readiness to let go of Wilson.
Wilson will still start today’s game against the Houston Texans despite everything that has happened. With just five games left and a 4-8 record, the Jets’ hopes of making the playoffs are officially gone. But maybe Wilson can increase his trade worth and convince the other 31 NFL teams that he merits a fresh start in a different environment with a few strong performances.