As of Wednesday morning, Wilson remains unsigned. He is one of only a handful of players from the 2021 NFL Draft who hasn’t yet signed his rookie contract.
Given that Wilson is slated to start the 2021 season under center, the fact that the Jets have dragged their feet on this issue should be extremely distressing to Jets fans. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, “offset language” is main holdup right now.
In his absence, the Jets are giving backup Mike White the first-team reps to open camp today. Neither White nor third-string James Morgan have ever thrown an NFL pass despite four years of combined experience.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 28, 2021
The New York Jets made it clear through their offseason moves that Zach Wilson is their man to the exclusion of all other possibilities. They traded three-year starter and former No. 3 pick Sam Darnold days before the NFL Draft to clear the way for him to start.
The Jets also neglected to sign any sort of experienced backup, paving the way for Wilson to claim the starting job with absolutely no challengers.
So for the Jets to drag their feet on this for the better part of three months is absolute madness.
Expectations for the Jets in 2021 are already low. The longer they go without signing Zach Wilson, the lower they’ll have to go.