Robert Saleh to Nathaniel Hackett: 'We're committed to finding a veteran' QB


The Jets continue to suggest publicly that Zach Wilson’s time as the starter and hopeful franchise cornerstone has come to an end.

The most recent piece of evidence? Head coach Robert Saleh telling reporters on Thursday that in hiring Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive coordinator, there was a mutual understanding that the team will look to bring in a veteran quarterback to lead the offense on the field.

“The quarterback position obviously, with all the different interviews, was the No. 1 concern,” Saleh said. “And rightfully so. It was simple: we're committed to finding a veteran. We didn’t get into names.”

So, while Aaron Rodgers, Hackett’s former offensive coordinator, wasn’t brought up specifically, there is plenty of smoke in the rumor mill of the future Hall of Famer coming to New York to lead a young, talented offensive group, which clearly needed production from the quarterback position to solidify their spot in the postseason.

“It was talked about that we do plan on bringing in a veteran quarterback if we can,” Saleh said. “We do want to keep working with Zach and continue to develop him.

“We know we’re gonna have basically a revamped offensive line. We’ve been talking about getting a veteran quarterback in here if we can. We’ve got a really young group of skill guys, so it was important to bring in a guy who has done it before.”

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