What Can Jets Get in Return for Zach Wilson?


New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws the ball against the New England Patriots in the first half of his team's loss at MetLife Stadium.

NEW YORK — Zach Wilson is preparing for the next chapter in his life. And with the off-season in full SWING, the Jets are fully expected to trade the disgruntled quarterback in the upcoming weeks.

But there are two pressing questions: Who’s interested? And what might he fetch in a trade?

After rumors surfaced in January that Wilson could be traded, NFL Insider Rich Cimini and ESPN reached out to NFL personnel executives to gauge Wilson’s value on the trade market.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) at the line of scrimmage in the first half against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.
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Their findings? Expected.

“The consensus is [Zach] Wilson could bring a sixth-or-seventh-round pick” if he were to be traded this offseason. “Perhaps a team out there felt stronger about him pre-draft, and that could influence how they value him,” one personnel executive said.

It’s also worth nothing that Wilson is guaranteed $5.45 million next season, which could make any trade a challenge.

On top of the guaranteed salary, Wilson’s play has been an disaster. He went 4-7 in place of Aaron Rodgers this season across 11 starts, throwing for 2,271 and just eight touchdowns. He was eventually benched for the likes of Tim Boyle and Trevor Siemian, essentially shattering any future with the Jets.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions, 20-17, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.
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One potential destination? The Los Angeles Rams. Well, that’s according to Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

“Go with Sean McVay, follow (Matthew) Stafford and just sit there and watch the magic, and see if you can pick it up,” Young said on the Adam Schefter Podcast, last week. “If you can, you can be one of the best because you have the talent for it.”

It certainly makes sense for Wilson to try to revitalize his career with Sean McVay, but then again most players would sign up for that. For now? Stay tuned.

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