A lot of people wrote off the New York Jets after Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles four players in his Gang Green career. With him sidelined, the team had to turn back to Zach Wilson as their starting quarterback.
After a few disastrous starts, Wilson has played better, but the bar for him is so low for what constitutes as better, individually. Despite his lackluster performance, the Jets are 3-3 in his starts this season, including a victory over the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles.
He is still completing only 58.3 percent of his passes and was bailed out by an inept New York Giants offense in Week 8 that was down to undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito at quarterback. But, the Jets are 4-3 with a huge game against the Los Angeles Chargers on deck.
That puts them squarely in the mix for a playoff spot in the AFC and general manager Joe Douglas was doing everything he could to cement that standing. That includes going big game hunting ahead of the trade deadline.
While New York ultimately didn’t pull off a deal, it wasn’t for a lack of trying. According to uStadium on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Jets made multiple attempts to acquire star wide receivers Davante Adams and Mike Evans.
Alas, the Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t interested in moving either player. But, the Jets are expected to try again this offseason, with Adams being their No. 1 target with blessings from Aaron Rodgers.
It should come as no surprise that the Jets are going to look to make another splash next offseason. They have the cap space to afford such a move and if Rodgers can stay healthy, they would be legitimate Super Bowl contenders given how strong their defense is as well.
Had the Jets acquired Adams or Evans, they would have one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL, pairing them with Garrett Wilson. However, it would have been a move made with an eye toward 2024, as Wilson has proven he cannot consistently get the ball into the hands of his playmakers to create big plays.