By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets quarterback situation has been an odd one over the past few years.
In 2014, Geno Smith led the Jets to a 4-12 season.
In 2015, Smith is injured in training camp after a scuffle with then-teammate IK Enemkpali, which allows Ryan Fitzpatrick to prove himself as a starter. He leads the Jets to a 10-6 season, barely missing the playoffs after a season-ending loss to the Buffalo Bills.
In 2016, Fitzpatrick and the Jets engage in contract negotiations, more like a game of chicken, throughout the offseason before finally coming to terms on a deal. Fitzpatrick, however, shows how much he needed those offseason reps with the team, as he reverted to his old, interception-throwing self, and the Jets finished with a 5-11 record. Fitzpatrick was even benched during the season for unproven Bryce Petty.
In 2017, the Jets prospects are the quarterback position aren't any better than those recent seasons.
The Jets' best free agency options this go-around are Robert Griffin III (who had 886 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in five games, adding 190 rushing yards and two scores on the ground) and Jay Cutler (who had 1,059 passing yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in five starts a year ago).
Rumors have the Jets expressing interest in both quarterbacks, and if either quarterback wants another chance to start in the league, the Jets are an intriguing option. Griffin III actually had a meeting with the Jets last year during free agency.
Colin Kaepernick is also a free agent. He had some impressive numbers for the San Francisco 49ers last year, starting 11 games and throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 468 yards and two touchdowns. He fumbled a staggering nine times, however. Still, there is seemingly no interest from the Jets in the free agent quarterback.
Tony Romo is also an interesting option, if the Dallas Cowboys actually ever release their former starting quarterback. The Cowboys are looking to get rid of him via trade, but if no takers will release him eventually. Again, though, there doesn't seem to be much interest on either side of playing in New York.
As it currently stands, the only quarterbacks on the Jets roster are the developing Bryce Petty and the unproven Christian Hackenberg. We will see what happens in the coming days as the Jets try to solve the quarterback situation, but as the list of free agents and current players show, the options aren't appealing in the least.