Ex-Jets QB Wilson Opens Up on Trade: “Bittersweet”


New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) is shown after his team fell, 27-6 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

(Denver, CO) – It didn’t work out for Zach Wilson in New York. Now, he gets a second chance at an NFL career in Denver. With Bronco’s OTAs underway, Wilson spoke to the media for the first time since being traded by the Jets earlier this offseason.

“Obviously, there’s bittersweet moments in everything,” Wilson shared following the April trade.

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“I was grateful for my experiences there and the guys. I miss the guys out there and everything too. But at the same time, a fresh start is good. I’m excited to attack a new challenge.”

Wilson was the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft but never played up to that lofty standard. Last year reports said he was doing well and studying under Aaron Rodgers in a backup role, before the injury that changed everything for New York.

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.

Thrust into the starter’s role with Rodgers out, Wilson yet again struggled – with 8 TDs and 7 interceptions. For his career to date he has just 23 TDs passing and 25 picks in 34 games – 33 of them starts.

The Broncos sent a 6th round pick to the Jets for Wilson – receiving a 7th round pick in return. He looks forward to competing alongside the other QBs in Denver.

“Personally, I think competition brings out the best in anybody, I look forward to what we have,” Wilson said. “I appreciate the ownership from the top down, just for the opportunity to be here to compete.”

East Rutherford, NJ Ñ October 1, 2023 Ñ Jets quarterback Zach Wilson at the end of the game.. The New York Jets host the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on October 1, 2023.

He’s also looking forward to learning under Sean Payton – a known QB whisperer. “Obviously, he’s done a phenomenal job for as long as I can remember,” Wilson observed.

“I loved watching him and Drew (Brees) back in the day and the efficiency they played with, how consistent it was, how explosive they were as an offense and just taking what the defense gives you. Just looking to keep growing and learning every single day from him.”

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