Jets Free Agency Quarterback Reset: Josh McCown Leaves Town Without Deal, While Other Available QBs Are Being Ignored

March 20, 2017

By Reid McEvoy

 

After several days of free agency, the New York Jets are yielding big-time in the quarterback market, as they still haven't made a move to address that area of need.


Former Browns quarterback Josh McCown spent the past two days with the Jets, but left the building without a deal. No other quarterback has made a visit to the team's headquarters in Florham Park, as the Jets appear to be relaxing with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg as the only two signal-callers on the roster.


Many believe the Jets want McCown for his leadership skills, while others are confused with the Jets' interest in the journeyman instead of pursuing Colin Kaepernick, Chase Daniel, Jay Cutler, Brock Osweiler or Tony Romo, the latter two of which would require a trade.


For Daniel, the Jets have completely neglected him. For Kaepernick, he's seemingly been boycotted in free agency altogether, as his decision to knell during the national anthem last season may have hurt him in joining a team. Cutler has been sitting around with no team for a while now, since Mike Glennon was signed to take his job with the Chicago Bears. Even though there have been strong rumors of potential interest between the Jets and Cutler, nothing has occurred between the two.


Then there’s Romo and Osweiler, both currently employed. Romo was supposed to be released two weeks ago, but the Dallas Cowboys changed their mind and have attempted to find a trade partner, but haven’t been successful.

 

Then there is the very interesting story of Osweiler. He showed decent talent behind Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos, then got a ridiculous contract from the Houston Texans for $74 million, but after one season, was traded to the Cleveland Browns along with a second round pick. The Browns were ecstatic ... for the draft pick. Osweiler was an afterthought of the deal, and Cleveland wants to move him, whether by trade or release.


It all adds up to a puzzling offseason for the Jets and their quest to add a quarterback.

 

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