Has Davis Webb passed Trevor Siemian on the Jets’ depth chart?

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Two years ago, former seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian was getting ready to beat out first-rounder Paxton Lynch for the starting job in Denver, for the second straight year. Now, Siemian is trying to hold on to the backup job with the Jets.

Connor Hughes of TheAthletic.com suggests that Siemian may be losing his grip on the No. 2 spot on the New York depth chart.

Via Hughes, former Giants’ third-rounder Davis Webb had an impressive offseason program, so impressive that he apparently jumped Siemian late in the OTA process. Hughes writes that Webb was the second quarterback to take the field during the final set of OTAs.

Hughes adds that the Jets would like to keep only two quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster. Siemian, however, has $1 million of his one-year, $2 million contract fully guaranteed. (He already has earned a $750,000 signing bonus.) So cutting Siemian and keeping Webb (who has a non-guaranteed salary of $645,000) would create enhanced expense and wasted money.

It also would create the risk that, if the Jets need Siemian later, he won’t be available. Whether he’s signed by another NFL team or by the fledgling XFL — which plans to gobble up third- and fourth-string quarterbacks who are cut from NFL rosters — Siemian could be long gone if/when an injury creates a reason to bring him back.

Ditto for Webb, who also could land with another team, or with the XFL.

Another option, as Hughes notes, would be to trade Webb, who was regarded as having a bright future before he washed out with the Giants. Maybe that future is getting brighter, whether it’s with the Jets, another NFL team, or ultimately as one of the eight starters for Vince McMahon’s resurrected spring league.

11 responses to “Has Davis Webb passed Trevor Siemian on the Jets’ depth chart?

  1. In Minnesota in preseason games against other teams second and third string, he stunk up the place. Kyle Sloter Seriously outperformed him. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was feeding at the Jets. I think he’s been feeding for a few years. I don’t know what happened in Denver, but his performance is headed the wrong way. He Once looked very promising, maybe in the right situation he can turn it around. But it doesn’t sound like it will be in the Meadowlands.

  2. bengalbowl says:
    July 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    Remember when Denver thought Siemian was a starting caliber QB? Haha silly Denver.

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    Let’s be fair. He was good for a 7th round rookie. The thought process was, if he’s this good now, how good can he be later? While he had a low floor, it just turned out that he had an incredibly low ceiling.

  3. Oh my, what a gripping tale of roster intrigue. Should the Jets keep the 67th best QB in the league or the 71st best QB in the league? A whole couple thousand dollars is at stake! They better get this right, or it could set them back years!

  4. Eric says:
    July 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm
    How is $645K instead of $1 million “enhanced expense”?
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    It’s not one guy instead of the other. It’s in addition to Siemian. Seimian’s $1 million is already guaranteed. Davis Webb has no guarantee. Cut Webb and you $0 “enhanced expense.” Keep Webb when you are stuck paying Siemian = $645k of “enhanced expense.”

  5. darladoesmydictategood,

    Florio made it clear they would keep 1 or the other in the article. If they keep Webb they pay Siemian $1 million and Webb $645K for a total of $1.645 million. If they keep Siemian they pay him $2 million and Webb $0 for a total of $2 million. You understand now?

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