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The New York Jets have proved this season that they are a team ready to win now. The collection of talent Gang Green has both side of the ball is some of the best in league. They have a stout defensive unit lead by Pro-Bowlers Quinnen Williams and C.J. Mosley complemented by electric offensive players in rookies Breece Hall and Garret Wilson. The only aspect of the Jets that is holding them back from being contenders is their quarterback room.

Second year passer Zach Wilson in not the franchise quarterback New York hoped he would be when they drafted him second overall in the 2021 draft. According to a report, the Jets are expected to move on from Wilson after the season. Backup Mike White has played well with the opportunities presented to him, however he likely isn’t the long term answer at the position. What the Jets need in order to capitalize on their current position is a proven signal caller that can elevate their ceiling. The list of quarterbacks that could be available in the offseason are mostly viable options, but won’t push the Jets into the upper echelon of AFC teams. There is one name who could be the solution to New York’s problem, Lamar Jackson.

Jackson is an unrestricted free agent this offseason after he and the Baltimore Ravens couldn’t come to terms on an extension. The 25-year-old is looking to be one of the highest paid players in the league with a fully guaranteed contract similar to DeShaun Watson. Watson signed a five-year, $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns. Jackson has been named a two-time Pro Bowler, an MVP award winner, and is recognized as one of the top players in the NFL.

Baltimore has been one of the top organizations in the league for years so it raised concerns when contract conversations with their star quarterback fell through before the start of the season. According to theScore’s Jordan Schultz, a former NFL executive claims there may be a larger rift between the Ravens and Jackson than thought to be.

“Lamar's frustrated with them, and they're frustrated with Lamar…If the Ravens wanted to move on, I wouldn't be that surprised."

If Jackson does intend on leaving Baltimore next year it would shake up the football world. He would instantly become the hottest commodity on the market with teams salivating over the idea of signing him. If there is a possibility to swoon the Florida native, New York should do everything they can to bring him to the Big Apple.

The Jets have $15 million in cap space next offseason. General manager Joe Douglas can free up some additional cash by trading Wilson and restructuring some of their larger contracts. New York could potentially clear an extra $20 million, but an offer to Jackson would likely put them over cap.

New York’s roster, large market, and changing culture are all aspects that Jackson could find appealing in a new home. The Jets would be the best team offensively Jackson has ever played with. His star would only be magnified in New York brining more business opportunities and notoriety. The Jets new regime headed by coach Robert Saleh is turning the tide of previous expectations and perception in only his second season.

If the Jets have a shot at Jackson they need to take it.

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