- The Jets are looking to add a QB, but Zach Wilson is still considered the starter
- At 46, Brady is believed to finally be done with professional football
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As reported by The Athletic’s Dianna Russini and CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson, the team is not interested in adding either quarterback following Aaron Rodgers‘ season-ending Achilles injury. Rumors began circling about the two quarterbacks immediately after Rodgers went down on Monday. Furthermore, Jordan Schultz later reported that Kaepernick’s agent actually reached out to the Jets, although that inquiry now appears to be fruitless.
In the case of Brady, Russini reports that Jets GM Joe Douglas will not be inquiring about the 46-year-old because he’s made it clear that he’s done playing football.
And as for Kaepernick, Anderson writes that the team will not be pursuing him, and will instead focus on adding someone familiar with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s system.
Furthermore, Anderson writes, whomever the team adds at quarterback will be brought in with an understanding that Zach Wilson is the starter. Wilson, 24, guided the Jets to a 22-16 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills after Rodgers suffered his injury in the fourth quarter on Monday night.
Tom Brady (left) and Colin Kaepernick (right) will not be under center for the New York Jets
In what turned out to be a major tease for Jets fans, Aaron Rodgers is seen warming up Monday
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March of 2017, following a season in which he ignited national controversy by protesting racist police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in anticipation of his release after the 2016 season, but has since gone unsigned.
Brady, meanwhile, has repeatedly made it clear that he is done with the NFL as he embarks on a post-playing career that involves corporate partnerships, a stake in Birmingham City, and a broadcasting gig with Fox set to begin in 2024.
Wilson was far from perfect in place of Rodgers on Monday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He did toss a late touchdown to Garrett Wilson that sent the game to overtime, although the credit belongs to the second-year wideout, who tipped the ball to himself while fighting off Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.
Still, in spite of an interception, Wilson did complete 14 of 21 passes for a 140 yards, while keeping New York in position to pull off a major upset.
Afterwards, Jets head coach Robert Saleh – a staunch Wilson defender – referred to the effort as ‘awesome.’
‘We still have a lot of faith in him and proved it by keeping him here [after acquiring Rodgers] and continuing to invest in him,’ Saleh told reporters.
Zach Wilson of the New York Jets celebrates the win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night
Wilson completed 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards en route to an upset win over the Bills
That decision to keep Wilson as Rodgers’ backup wasn’t popular with fans.
After all, it was Wilson’s struggles over his firs two seasons that necessitated the Rodgers acquisition in the first place. The second pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Wilson battled injuries at the beginning of the 2022 campaign, but struggled upon his return and was ultimately benched.
Yet, Saleh did not hesitate to refer to Wilson as ‘the guy’ when discussing the team’s plans at quarterback with reporters after Monday’s win.
For better or worse, the Jets are likely looking at Wilson continuing under center until further notice.