INDIANAPOLIS - There's no guarantee that the Jets will find their quarterback of the future in free agency, but head coach Todd Bowles made it clear that they're at least going to try.
Bowles said the Jets are "looking into" the quarterbacks on the free agent market and have a few they are considering pursuing. That matches what a team source has told SNY: That the Jets are far more interested in the free agent quarterbacks than they are in the quarterbacks in the draft.
"We're looking into it," Bowles said on Thursday morning when asked if the Jets intend to sign a free agent quarterback. "I can't say we will or we won't. Once free agency starts I don't know what's going to happen. Things may get crazy. But we have our eye on a few people."
One of those people, as SNY has reported, is Mike Glennon, an unrestricted free agent who has been the backup to Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay. Bowles and Jets GM Mike Maccagnan have long been interested in the 2013 third-round pick. In fact, they inquired about trading for him two years ago before they acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick instead.
Glennon, though, is one of the most attractive players in what is generally a slim free-agent quarterback market -- which means, as Bowles said, his price could get "crazy". It seems unlikely, at least at the moment, that the Jets will pursue Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick -- both of whom are expected to be free agents on March 9. And there aren't many other good options.
That's why nobody in the Jets organization has ruled out a return of Geno Smith, who is also an unrestricted free agent. The former second-round pick is coming off ACL surgery and likely won't have much of a market for his services. Bowles has always liked him, a team source said, and is open to bringing him back either as a backup, or perhaps as a starter if the market for Glennon gets too high.
Bowles also said on Thursday that Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg -- the only quarterbacks currently on the Jets' roster -- "will have a chance" to compete for the starting job, though the Jets are hoping to do better. The uncertainty surrounding those two is a big reason why Bowles couldn't say much about the Jets' current quarterback situation.
"Right now we're improving," he said. "But free agency hasn't started and the draft has to come around. We have things that we want to do. We'll just let that develop."