Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is out 2-4 weeks with a sprained PCL. To replace him it looks like the team is turning to its backup from a year ago. Mike Garofalo reports the team is on the verge of reacquiring veteran signal caller Joe Flacco from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sources: The #Eagles are trading Joe Flacco to the #Jets. With Zach Wilson out of action for a few weeks, Flacco is headed back to Florham Park.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 25, 2021
Jets trading a conditional 6th-round pick to Philadelphia that can possibly be a 5th based on play time for QB Joe Flacco, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 25, 2021
Flacco started 4 game last year for the Jets when Sam Darnold was injured. He went 0-4 in those starts, completing only 55.2 percent of his attempts and averaging 6.4 yards per attempt. He did throw 6 touchdowns against 3 interceptions.
Flacco’s days as a productive quarterback are long behind him. In the short run, this move makes sense for the same reason signing Flacco made sense a year ago. The alternative is Mike White.
In the long run I don’t really know any other way to put it than to say Joe Douglas looks foolish. He could have just re-signed Flacco this offseason or found a better alternative. Now instead of doing that, he painted himself into a corner and is forced to part with a Draft pick. A late round pick isn’t a steep price or an important asset, but it’s more than the Jets should have had to give up to address backup quarterback, especially when the solution is so flawed.