LATEST UPDATE: Brian Hoyer will reportedly sign a two-year deal with the 49ers on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The Jets know they absolutely need to find a franchise quarterback at some point - a young, talented player who they can build around for the next 5 or hopefully 10-plus years.
Brian Hoyer, a 31-year-old journeyman, certainly isn't it.
Still, the Jets do have some interest in him, a league source confirmed to SNY, as they continue to monitor the free-agent quarterback frenzy - and their ever-dwindling options. Their top target remains Bucs backup Mike Glennon, but they seem resigned to the idea that he'll be too expensive and will end up with the Chicago Bears. And their Plan B, Tyrod Taylor, will no longer be available now that he has reached agreement on a restructured contract with the Buffalo Bills.
One other option about to pop up is Tony Romo, who will reportedly be released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. So far there is no indication the Jets have any interest in the 37-year-old Romo. In fact, team sources have indicated they will not pursue him. But if his market dries up and the price is right, you never know.
Regardless, Hoyer is beginning to look like the option that will make the most sense for the Jets in a mostly ugly quarterback market that could be as "crazy" as Jets coach Todd Bowles feared. Even Hoyer has two "strong" suitors, according to the NFL Network - the Jets and the San Francisco 49ers. Both could end up offering Hoyer at least a temporary starting job. ESPN reported that 4-5 other teams are interested in Hoyer as a backup.
If the Jets settle for Hoyer, it would feel like they're the ones left standing at the end of musical chairs. But what they see is something different. According to a team source, their interest in Hoyer is similar to their interest in Ryan Fitzpatrick two years ago. Remember, Fitzpatrick wasn't brought in to be the starter. He was brought in to push Geno Smith, a former second-round pick, and to start if Smith faltered. Obviously Smith ended up with that infamous broken jaw and everything changed.
Hoyer, who started five games with the Bears last season - and didn't throw an interception, by the way - would be theoretically brought in for similar reasons. He might actually be named the starter, but he'd be more of a placeholder until a younger quarterback is ready to take over. That quarterback, by the way, would be Christian Hackenberg, last year's second-round pick who never got into a game. I guess it could also be a quarterback the Jets draft this year, though at the moment no one expects them to do that.
So Hoyer wouldn't be the ideal solution to the Jets' quarterback mess, he'd be more of a bridge to an uncertain future. But in a weak market with crazy money being thrown around, the Jets are monitoring his situation because it's possible he'll be the best they can get. And if Hackenberg turns out to be worth of being a second-round selection - something nobody can possibly know yet - a Hoyer/Hackenberg tandem for 2017 might not be bad at all.