This is the first in a nine-part series examining the Jets’ needs position by position as free agency gets set to begin the afternoon of March 11. We start with the most talked about position on the team – quarterback.


Currently on roster:

Geno Smith

Age: 23

2013 stats: 247-of-443 (55.8 percent), 3,046 yards, 12 TD, 21 INT, 4 fumbles

Mark Sanchez

Age: 27

2013 stats: N/A

Matt Simms

Age: 25

2013 stats: 16-of-31 (51.6 percent), 156 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

David Garrard

Age: 36

2013 stats: N/A

2014 free agents: Garrard

Overview: There is plenty of uncertainty around this position, as usual with the Jets. Smith had a rookie year filled with ups and downs. The feeling inside the organization is the team has no choice but to stick with him for another year to see what he can do. The Jets are encouraged by Smith’s performance in the final month of the season when he was the NFL’s second-highest rated passer.

Sanchez appears to be a goner. His $13 million cap number is too much for a possible backup. There remains a chance that the Jets could bring Sanchez back at a lower salary, but it feels like both sides are ready for a fresh start.

That leaves the Jets looking for a viable veteran backup for Smith. I don’t think Garrard will be back. Michael Vick has been the name that is picking up steam in the rumor mill. He knows offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system and has plenty of experience to draw upon in helping Smith develop.

Offseason priority rating (1 to 5 with 5 being the highest priority): 4

Possible targets: Vick, Josh McCown, Matt Cassel, Shaun Hill, Chad Henne, Jimmy Garoppolo (draft), Zach Mettenberger (draft), Logan Thomas (draft)