Jets GM Joe Douglas confirms QB Zach Wilson’s absence at voluntary workouts

Zach Wilson’s situation in the New York Jets squad is becoming more and more complex gradually. The signal-caller has recently been absent from voluntary workouts, as confirmed by general manager Joe Douglas.

Given the timing and circumstances, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that Wilson will participate in these voluntary sessions. It will be more likely if his unresolved contract situation persists beyond the draft. However, Douglas didn’t have anything but to defend Wilson’s wish to skip the session.

“I think it’s each player’s choice whether they’re going to be here for Phase 1 [of the program]. These are all voluntary. There are quite a few players that haven’t come for the first week. So, look, that’s a decision that Zach has to make,” Douglas said via ESPN in his pre-draft news conference.

Wildon has showcased glimpses of his playmaking prowess over three years. However, consistency has been an elusive factor for him. He filled in for Aaron Rodgers in Week 1 of the 2023 season, as A-Rod went down with a season-ending injury.

However, the quarterback struggled, eventually relinquishing his starting role amid offensive struggles. The Jets’ recent signing of veteran Tyrod Taylor as Rodgers’ backup only adds to the uncertainty surrounding his future with the team. Meanwhile, Wilson’s trade discussion is still on the air as well.

Will the Jets trade Zach Wilson?

Zach Wilson had been given permission to explore potential trade opportunities with other teams. Joe Douglas confirmed this development during the NFL combine in February. Jets head coach Robert Saleh evaded the QB’s trade queries days ago and Douglas has now confirmed there is no development in this matter.

“Nothing’s really changed since we talked down in Florida. But we’re open to trading him. There’s just no news to report on that,” Douglas said.

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Owner Woody Johnson made it clear that releasing Wilson outright isn’t the preferred option, citing the significant cap hit the team would incur. However, Douglas remained non-committal about Wilson’s future, and left the door open for various possibilities in the offseason.

“I mean, look, we’re still in April. Training camp is months away, so there’s a chance for a lot of different things. I’m not going to get into what’s going to happen,” Douglas said.

The potential trade partners may be hesitant to make a move due to Wilson’s $5.45 million guaranteed salary for the upcoming season. The Jets would likely need to sweeten any deal by offering to absorb a portion of that salary or by including additional incentives.


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