The Jets have had discussions with other teams about trading Geno Smith or Bryce Petty, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News.
Mehta notes that there is "soft interest" in Smith around the league and that the calls the Jets have taken are part of a routine process in advance of final cuts.
Smith served as the primary backup for starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants.
The Jets have suggested they could potentially carry four quarterbacks, including rookie Christian Hackenberg.
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I'm sure anything going on behind the scenes could be classed as "due diligence" at this stage. For now, the main immediate priority is complying with the roster rules while still ensuring you have enough bodies for Thursday night when starters will be resting.
In terms of whether or not Geno Smith (or any of the other quarterbacks) have any trade value, that's an interesting question. But the Jets' reluctance to give Bryce Petty any reps against starter-level opposition suggests that they'll ride with Smith for now.
There may be some other veterans the Jets could benefit from trading, albeit more in terms of financial savings than what they would receive in exchange for the player.
Players like Dee Milliner or Jarvis Jenkins could theoretically be seen as surplus to requirements, but not cuttable because of guaranteed money. The Jets might consider making a cap-saving on a player like that if it wasn't too damaging to their overall depth.
There are teams with real quarterback needs that are more glaring than just a week ago. Dallas is the most obvious one, with Tony Romo likely to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. San Francisco is another with the way the whole Colin Kaepernick saga has unfolded.
Beyond that, Denver might have just named their starter but I don't expect Trevor Siemian to play 16 games. Cleveland is holding fast to Josh McCown, but do they want to? Indianapolis crumbled last season without Andrew Luck and they've done little to upgrade their line in front of Luck or the backups behind him.
So there are obviously teams that could benefit from adding another quarterback to their roster. But will a team be willing to trade for an uninspiring player like Geno Smith or a very raw Bryce Petty?
Nothing is impossible, but other teams might be more likely to take their chances to see who becomes available through the cutdown process. If I was an opposing GM, I'd be willing to wait out teams like the Jets, Dolphins, and Browns, who have all been making noise about holding four quarterbacks.