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Jets to work out QBs Josh Johnson, Sean Mannion on Thursday: report

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The Jets and rookie QB Zach Wilson remain at a standstill in contract negotiations, as the No. 2 overall pick wasn't at the team's first practice on Wednesday. 

In the midst of that, the Jets are looking at other quarterbacks. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Jets are going to work out veteran quarterbacks Josh Johnson and Sean Mannion on Thursday.


With James Morgan and Mike White as the current backups to Wilson on the depth chart, it was always thought that the Jets would want a more experienced backup for their rookie to work with. Johnson and Mannion check those boxes.

Johnson has 33 career NFL games, his latest in 2018 when he played four games for Washington. Mannion has 13 career games, including three in 2019 with the Minnesota Vikings.

Johnson is also a familiar face to head coach Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur as he spent time with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2020 season.

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported earlier this week, the biggest detail that's being talked over in regards to Wilson's contract is the “offset” language, according to a source familiar with the talks. It’s a clause that allows teams to reduce what they owe a player they cut if he’s signed by another team. 

And as Vacchiano points out, it's silly to fight over that considering cutting Wilson would be insane before the end of his rookie deal, which is non-negotiable when it comes to its terms (four years, $35.1 million with a $22.9 million signing bonus based on his draft slot).

It doesn't look good now, but Wilson and the Jets should be able to figure something out soon. Sam Darnold was a little late to training camp in his rookie year because of the same issue.

And when Wilson does make his way to camp, he might have a new backup quarterback to work with depending on how the workouts with Johnson and Mannion go.

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It doesn't  bother me that Wilson misses the first few days of camp, I just don't  like the reason I am hearing for not signing him (setting a precedent for future  negotiations). If you are the second overall pick and a QB, you can make exceptions. As Jimmy Johnson told the Cowboys on his first day, life isn't  fair and niether am I. Certain people get better treatment than others. 

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1 hour ago, Jackie Treehorn said:

Is this the right guy?


Yup. Former 5th round pick by the Bucs who has been on the roster of about half the NFL at one point or another, including a previous stint with the Jets.

Good enough to keep getting chances, but never good enough to be anyone's number 1. A career #2 or #3 guy in the NFL, who has had some success as a starter in lesser leagues.

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