In the 2021 NFL draft the New York Jets selected quarterback Zach Wilson with the number two overall pick. While the hope was that Zach Wilson would become the franchise quarterback the Jets have long hoped for, the outcome that actually emerged was Zach Wilson was a “bust” by any measurable number. This includes the fact he was benched on multiple occasions for career backup quarterbacks like Mike White and Tim Boyle.
It appears Zach Wilson’s Jets career is about to end, after reports came out Sunday stating the Jets plan to trade Wilson and have expressed as much to him.
Zach Wilson’s time with the Jets is expected to be over because the Jets told him they had plans to trade him this off-season when he was benched, per sources.— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) January 7, 2024
This is part of the reason he was reluctant to go back to starting weeks ago.
We’ll see how it all plays out.
The question now turns to what value the Jets will get for Wilson. Typically, high draft picks hold value, which is why quarterback Sam Darnold was able to fetch a second rounder and then some when the Jets opted to move on from him to take Wilson.
However, high draft picks also aren’t typically benched multiple times. With that in mind, the closest comparison might be 3rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, quarterback Trey Lance, who technically wasn’t benched, but only because the San Francisco 49ers kept him on the bench for essentially his entire tenure there. Lance fetched a 2024 4th round pick when the 49ers traded him to the Dallas Cowboys. Whether the Jets can get more than that remains to be seen, but my hunch is the Jets would accept a similar offer if one appeared, and they may even be willing to take less than that.