Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

How the Jets Can Land a QB This Offseason

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

How the Jets Can Land a QB This Offseason

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INDIANAPOLIS — NFL general managers don't like to divulge much information about how they're trying to improve their teams. They worry that one of their 31 competitors will figure out what they're thinking and how to use it against them.

That's why Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan tried to dance around the question on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine when he was asked if finding a quarterback is the Jets' top priority.

"In the attempt not to tell every other team in the NFL what we're going to do ... it's a position of interest to us," Maccagnan said, smiling. "Obviously, the quarterback is an extremely important position in this league. Everybody's well aware of that."

We'll make this simple for you: Quarterback is the top priority for the Jets, even if Maccagnan doesn't want to admit it.

The Jets haven't had a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath sauntered off the field at Shea Stadium in 1976. But this offseason they have nearly $100 million in cap space and the sixth overall pick in April's draft.

The Jets believe they can finally find their guy this offseason. But what remains to be seen is if they add him through this quarterback draft, or as soon as two weeks from now in free agency.

So how will they go about finding one?

"We've got plans A, B, C and if possible, D," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "So everything's on the table."

Exactly what is on the table, or the size of the table remains unclear — coaches are just as paranoid as general managers. But we have some thoughts on what the Jets' plans might be.

Plan A is likely to sign Kirk Cousins.

He'll be a free agent March 14, marking the rare occasion a young and talented QB hits the open market. Cousins will be 30 at the start of next season, young enough that he could fit into the Jets' plans for years to come. And while league rules prevented Maccagnan from talking about Cousins by name, Maccagnan hinted that the Jets could go after some big name free agents.

"We'll be very active on the first day [of free agency] in terms of the higher profile guys," Maccagnan said. "Free agency moves very quickly. So if you have guys you've targeted and you have kind of your range in how you value them, I think we're going to be very active. We may sign a big ticket guy, we may sign a small ticket guy. …

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