Mark Sanchez, Brian Hoyer, Jake Locker
These three are probably the three biggest names on the free agent market for the quarterback position. We know why Mark Sanchez is not coming back. Brian Hoyer was solid for the Browns this season, but I expect a team to shell him out the money with the intention of him being a starter (Titans, Browns). Locker has a ton of talent, but the guy cannot stay on the field. The Jets need someone who is durable to compete with and possibly backup Geno Smith.
Jason Campbell, Christian Ponder, Shaun Hill, Tyler Thigpen, Colt McCoy
Here is a group of guys who I wouldn't be shocked if the Jets signed. None of them are eye-popping names, but each one would be cheap and have different strengths. Campbell and Hill are two veterans who could be trust-worthy backups. Christian Ponder and Colt McCoy were former high draft picks who have not achieved much in the NFL, but still have potential. Thigpen is in the mix because his best years as a pro came when he was with Chan Gailey, the Jets new offensive coordinator.
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Matt Moore, Ryan Mallet
If the Jets are signing a free agent quarterback, I would bet it will be one of these two guys. Matt Moore was a solid starter for Miami before they drafted Tannehill, putting up 16 touchdowns and 9 picks in his last year as a starter. He has been a solid backup for Tannehill the past couple of seasons. Moore was the starter when Todd Bowles was the interim coach for the Dolphins for a few games. Ryan Mallet was a hyped backup in New England for a few seasons before being traded to Houston. He got a chance this past season, but suffered an injury. Mallet has potential with his big arm and his youth. He has the Maccagnan connection.