Jets quarterback Bryce Petty said he hopes he returns to New York during the offseason despite the odds he wouldn't be the starting quarterback in 2018.
"I try not to put too much thought into things that I can't control," Petty said, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "Hopefully it's here. I want to be here. But if it's not, that's okay too. It's a business. Everybody understands that."
Petty, who went 0-3 in the final three games of the season as Josh McCown's replacement, will be entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal and would have a cap hit of $843,425 next season.
However, given Petty's struggles under center, the chances Christian Hackenberg could make his NFL debut next season and the odds the Jets either draft a quarterback or sign one in free agency, it is unlikely he would have a significant role with the team in 2018.
"I love each and every one of these guys to death," Petty said, "and so if it is the end of the road, then I'm going to take everything I learned from being with these guys and being around these guys and my growth, and just hope that anything those guys need, they know they can call me."
Petty, 26, went 1-7 as the Jets' starting quarterback over the past two seasons, taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2016 and for McCown in 2017 after he suffered a broken hand. The former fourth-round pick threw for 1,353 yards, four touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 career NFL games.
"The games that I've gotten have been tough as far as what I know I can do and what I've put out there," Petty said. "But again, it's positive because I've gotten better every time. So we're going to continue to get better every time we get in there, learn from those experiences and grow from the strengths."
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said Hackenberg, the 2016 second-round pick who has yet to take a snap in a regular-season game, has improved in a lot of areas and said the book on him "is not closed."
Maccagnan also didn't rule out the possibility that the Jets, who own the No. 6 pick in April's draft, could trade up in a draft class that will feature quarterbacks like Sam Darnold from USC, Josh Rosen from UCLA, Baker Mayfield from UCLA and Josh Allen from Wyoming.