While Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson has looked mostly solid this spring, it’s become pretty clear — and unsurprisingly so — that Wilson needs an established backup.
The Jets’ only other quarterbacks right now are James Morgan and Mike White. Neither has played an NFL regular season snap. Morgan, a fourth-round draft pick by the Jets last year, is worth retaining as a developmental No. 3 quarterback. White, a fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2018, probably will be the odd man out.
So who will wind up as the No. 2 behind Wilson?
As we’ve maintained since draft weekend, the Bears’ Nick Foles would be a great candidate, for several reasons.
If the Bears cut Foles — now that they have Justin Fields and Andy Dalton — would the Jets be Foles’ ideal landing spot? Of course not. It’s not a situation where Foles would be in a legitimate competition for the starting job. And he surely wants to start. Or at least a chance to.
But because of Foles’ contract structure, the Bears would prefer to trade him — and might be willing to accept a modest return, since they’re so handcuffed by the contract.
Foles has two years left on his deal, with salaries of $4 million each year, plus a $4 million roster bonus in 2022. His entire 2021 salary is guaranteed. So is $1 million of his 2022 salary. And so is that roster bonus,…