The New York Jets are flat out bad. So bad that team legend, quarterback Joe Namath, believes that if his former franchise selected Clemson star Trevor Lawrence first overall in the upcoming draft, Lawrence may pull out all the stops to avoid playing in the Big Apple.
It would be a situation similar to what Eli Manning did with the San Diego Chargers back in 2004.
"Anything could happen in this world, damn near anything -- except for the Jets maybe making the playoffs this year," Namath said in an ESPN interview Friday. "It's happened before, so why would it shock anybody?"
Namath continued: "Thinking back to the Manning family and Eli Manning and San Diego, there are some people that may not want to go [to a certain team] for whatever reason."
Namath reiterated to ESPN that these were just his thoughts and he didn't have any direct knowledge of Lawrence's plans.
Due to uncertainty within the top of the upcoming draft, in terms of franchise stability, rumors have also circulated recently that Lawrence might return to Clemson in 2021.
He described the decision as a "tough one," back in October. “I don’t know," he said. "I mean, we’ll just have to see how things unfold. I think there’s a lot of factors in that. Honestly just playing this year, putting everything I have into it."
While those recent comments seem completely valid, it's a slight change from the answer he gave in September when he was adamant on taking the next step to the pro ranks.
“I’m graduating in December," he said at the time. "Planning on this being my last season.”