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5 veteran QBs (Tom Brady!) the Jets can replace Zach Wilson with in 2023

SMG Logo By Robert Zeglinski of SMG | Slide 1 of 5: Age: 28 Current team: Detroit Lions Career highlights: Two-time Pro Bowler (2017-2018), 2018 NFC Champion (with Rams) Jared Goff isn't the kind of quarterback that will elevate the players around him. In fact, it's probably fairer to say he needs a relatively perfect situation to thrive as a quarterback -- which is what he more or less had during his initial stint with the Rams and Sean McVay. But with plenty left in the tank as one of the younger potential veterans available; and lots of experience to boot -- Goff could be attractive for teams seeking a quick veteran fill-in who has proven he can actually steer the car from time to time. With a gifted defense and a host of promising weapons on offense, the Jets would qualify as a squad where Goff would be in a similarly optimal position. Handing off to a (healthy) Breece Hall while throwing to Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore is an enviable supporting cast of riches for many current starters. There's no guarantee the Lions will even let Goff go. The veteran technically has three years left on his contract. But that deal has a team out in the 2023 calendar year, and releasing Goff would incur just a $10 million dead cap hit. Plus, with two picks currently sitting in the top 10 in the 2023 NFL Draft, it seems all but certain Detroit will be on the hunt for its new franchise quarterback soon. The writing is on the Honolulu blue wall: Goff doesn't seem long for his second franchise in pro football. If a squad like the Jets wants to chase Goff -- knowing he has his limitations but can still run a functional offense with the ideal support -- he will likely be available. And, for someone who was a former No. 1 overall pick ... at a discount!

Jared Goff

Age: 28 Current team: Detroit Lions Career highlights: Two-time Pro Bowler (2017-2018), 2018 NFC Champion (with Rams) Jared Goff isn't the kind of quarterback that will elevate the players around him. In fact, it's probably fairer to say he needs a relatively perfect situation to thrive as a quarterback -- which is what he more or less had during his initial stint with the Rams and Sean McVay. But with plenty left in the tank as one of the younger potential veterans available; and lots of experience to boot -- Goff could be attractive for teams seeking a quick veteran fill-in who has proven he can actually steer the car from time to time. With a gifted defense and a host of promising weapons on offense, the Jets would qualify as a squad where Goff would be in a similarly optimal position. Handing off to a (healthy) Breece Hall while throwing to Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore is an enviable supporting cast of riches for many current starters. There's no guarantee the Lions will even let Goff go. The veteran technically has three years left on his contract. But that deal has a team out in the 2023 calendar year, and releasing Goff would incur just a $10 million dead cap hit. Plus, with two picks currently sitting in the top 10 in the 2023 NFL Draft, it seems all but certain Detroit will be on the hunt for its new franchise quarterback soon. The writing is on the Honolulu blue wall: Goff doesn't seem long for his second franchise in pro football. If a squad like the Jets wants to chase Goff -- knowing he has his limitations but can still run a functional offense with the ideal support -- he will likely be available. And, for someone who was a former No. 1 overall pick ... at a discount!
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