The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.
So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?
Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:
The "best" options
Jay Cutler - The Jets did place a call about Cutler, an NFL source confirmed, and there is some interest there. It's not surprising because their quarterback coach, Jeremy Bates, has ties to him from Denver and Chicago. Also, there really aren't many better options on the market. Cutler doesn't appear to have many options either, so maybe he's willing to take an inexpensive, short-term deal to come to New York and reestablish his value. He's not a great fit for this market or a rebuilding team, but a shotgun marriage might be the best either side can do.
Brock Osweiler - Everybody laughs at the $72 million contract he got from the Houston Texans last offseason, but the Denver Broncos bid high for him, too, and their GM - John Elway - once thought Osweiler was the heir to Peyton Manning, especially after he helped the Broncos to the playoffs in 2015. Osweiler wasn't good in Houston last year and he was traded to Cleveland on Thursday in a salary dump move, and might be released before the weekend is over. He's still only 26, so it certainly wouldn't be the worst idea for the Jets to get him on a cheap, short-term contract and let him compete for a starting job.
Geno Smith - You still shouldn't laugh at this idea. As the options dwindle, it's easy to see the Jets bringing him back to compete with Christian Hackenberg in a Battle of the Second-rounders. He'd have to want to come back, of course. There's no guarantee of that, though coming off ACL surgery his options are limited, too.
Robert Griffin III - He's being released by the Browns on Friday, which in itself isn't a good sign. And he wasn't very good in his five starts with that awful Cleveland team last season. In his defense, those were his first starts (and snaps) since 2014, where his injury-plagued, tumultuous tenure with the Washington Redskins essentially ended. Regardless, he's still only 27 and it wasn't that long ago that he was so highly regarded he was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft (2012). Also, don't discount this: RGIII met with the Jets twice last March when they were investigating their possible post-Ryan Fitzpatrick options. Was that a ruse to rile Fitzpatrick? We'll never know. But two visits indicates their interest was somewhat serious. Maybe it will be again?
Colin Kaepernick - It's been strangely silent for the former Super Bowl quarterback who wasn't terrible last season and is still only 29. It's hard not to wonder if his decision to sit for the national anthem last season is working against him. It's unfair, but that may have made him a lightning rod that some teams - like perhaps a rebuilding team in a major media market - might want to avoid.
A.J. McCarron - Well-regarded by scouts, and the Cincinnati Bengals have said they'll listen to offers. They're not inclined to trade him unless the price is right, which may be at least a second-round pick - maybe more.
Trevor Siemian - For about five minutes today, ESPN reported the Broncos and Jets were talking about a Siemian trade, and then they sort-of retracted the report. That "deal" was supposedly part of the Broncos getting Tony Romo. It seems unlikely that will happen or that the Broncos would trade the promising 25-year-old, but where there was smoke, was there maybe a little fire? We'll see.
Tony Romo - The Houston Texans dumped Osweiler with the intent of signing Romo to lead what believe is a Super Bowl contender team just missing a quarterback. The Jets have never been interested, and won't be unless Woody Johnson gets star struck and panics.
The status quo
Christian Hackenberg/Bryce Petty - Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has said he expects Hackenberg and Petty to compete for the starting job next season. It was easy to roll your eyes at that, but as the options continue to dwindle, maybe he meant it? Hackenberg was a second-round pick. Regardless of what happened last season, he's going to get a chance to play at some point.