The New York Jets re-signed Josh McCown, added Teddy Bridgewater, and have now positioned themselves to bring on another starting quarterback into their mix:
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 17, 2018
The Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets have executed a trade with major ramifications throughout the upcoming NFL Draft. In the deal, New York moves up from sixth to third in the first round and paid a pretty penny to do so. Indianapolis will receive New York’s first round pick, along with two second-rounders (37th and 49th overall) in 2018, and a second-round selection in 2019.
After losing out in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, the Jets probably have their eyes set on drafting someone they believe is a long-term franchise quarterback. The move could also force the Cleveland Browns’ hand with the No. 1 pick.
The Browns were likely to pick a quarterback with either the first or fourth picks, but the Jets’ move to No. 3 presents the risk of Cleveland’s preferred quarterback not being on the board when the team jumps back on the clock with the fourth overall pick. And the moving and shaking at the top of the draft might not be done. Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com writes the New York Giants could dangle the No. 2 overall pick in the draft in a move that could thwart their intra-city rivals’ quest to take the best quarterback available, while also recouping some of the draft capital sent away in recent trades.
This is all good news for the Chicago Bears. The more quarterbacks that come off the board before they are on the clock with the No. 8 pick, the odds of Chicago taking the best non-quarterback prospect available increase. If quarterbacks are selected with the first three picks, the Bears will come away with one of the five best draft prospects.
The only way to properly wrap up this offseason would be for GM Ryan Pace to have a stellar draft to follow up the team’s splashy free agency period. Teaming a strong free agent class with a crop of impact draft class would ultimately make for a perfect offseason.
Where do we sign up?