Before the Rams moved all the way from No. 15 to No. 1, a team even lower on the pecking order looked into making the climb to the top of the draft board.
On Friday, Jets G.M. Mike Maccagnan admitted that he called Tennessee about possibly doing a deal.
“The short answer is yes,” Maccagnan said Friday at a press conference, via Seth Walder of thew New York Daily News. “The short answer is we inquired.”
Maccagnan didn’t provide a longer answer regarding possible terms discussed with the Titans, but the fact that the Jets even made the call suggests that the Jets are thinking about taking a quarterback. It also suggests that, with a pair of quarterbacks destined to be taken first and second in the process, they could still try to move up from No. 20 to get, say, Paxton Lynch.
It further suggests that Ryan Fitzpatrick may not really be the team’s Plan A. Yes, Maccagnan said that the focus remains on re-signing Fitzpatrick. But the inquiry regarding moving to No. 1 means they are looking seriously at incoming quarterbacks — unless Maccagnan called Tennessee because he’s interested in a player other than a quarterback.
If so, Maccagnan should be calling the Chargers, who hold the No. 3 pick. Unless that happens, the message is that, indeed, the Jets are considering trying to get through the draft something they haven’t had since the days of Joe Namath: A true franchise quarterback.