Jets owner Woody Johnson doubles down on veteran QB search, says he would create an ‘ideal situation’

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has said the organization is willing to spend big to get a veteran quarterback this offseason. On Thursday, he confirmed that the Jets are looking to make that happen.

On the red carpet of the NFL Honors program, Johnson told ESPN that the Jets’ quarterback position has been the team’s biggest «weakness.»

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Pittsburgh. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

«Whether it’s management or whatever, they’ve all kind of stepped back. So what we’re going to do is find an experienced quarterback to come in and help us and help develop these other young players further.»

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Johnson said there are a «lot» of options that «look really good,» but declined to comment on Aaron Rodgers as one of them because he’s still a member of the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks to throw a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter in a game at Lambeau Field on November 17, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks to throw a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter in a game at Lambeau Field on November 17, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Patricio McDermott/Getty Images)

«Well, I think you want the best quarterback you can get to lead the Jets. And I think with a good quarterback and our great defense, and the defense will be a lot better with a quarterback that’s really doing it. , has a good running game and just what the coach talks about. Our special teams are really good, so it’s plug and play.

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«I think a quarterback comes in, it’s an ideal situation.»

Comments from Jets owners could signal trouble for second-year starter Zach Wilson, who has struggled with multiple cuts and poor performances this season.

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets walks to the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022 in East Rutherford, NJ

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets walks to the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022 in East Rutherford, NJ (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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During his final season news conference, head coach Robert Saleh said he had discussions with newly appointed offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett about adding a veteran to the team, but they remain committed to working with Wilson.

«We’re committed to finding a veteran. We’re not going into names … but there was talk that we plan to bring in a veteran quarterback if we can. We want to continue to work with Zach and continue to develop him.» .»

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