Jets star Sauce Gardner defends ‘baller’ Zach Wilson amid rumors suggesting a lack of interest surrounding the QB in the trade market: ‘This has to be cap’

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New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner came to Zach Wilson’s defense as rumors suggest that nobody is interested in trading for the quarterback.

NFL Notifications, a news aggregation account on X, cited a rumor surrounding Wilson on Thursday. Without identifying a source, the account wrote that ‘no team has expressed much interest’ in Wilson.

‘The Jets are being told that they will have to tie a draft pick to Wilson or eat the majority of his remaining salary in order to facilitate a trade,’ the page added.

Gardner strongly disagreed with the post, writing ‘this has to be cap.’

‘Zach is a baller. All he needs is time to throw the ball and if for whatever reason he don’t have it, he can get it done with his legs,’ he continued in the repost.

Sauce Gardner defended Zach Wilson amid rumors surrounding his value in the trade market 

NFL Notifications wrote that 'no team has expressed much interest' in Wilson on Thursday

NFL Notifications wrote that ‘no team has expressed much interest’ in Wilson on Thursday 

The New York Post confirmed that the Jets gave Wilson the green light to explore a trade after getting benched for third-string quarterback Tim Boyle in November.

Weeks later, Wilson returned to the starting lineup and was expected to start for the rest of the season despite his reluctance. Unfortunately, Wilson sustained a concussion in a loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 15.

That was likely the end of his uneventful tenure with the Jets.

After getting drafted as the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, Wilson started for the Jets in Week 1 of his rookie season. However, his inconsistencies sent him lower in the depth chart. Wilson completed 57 percent of his passes for 6,293 yards and 23 touchdowns with 25 interceptions.

Wilson returned to a starting role this past season after Aaron Rodgers went down with a season-ending injury on opening night. As a result, Wilson, Boyle, and Trevor Siemian all got minutes as the jets scrambled in Rodgers’ absence.

Although Wilson completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,271 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions in 12 appearances this season, Gardner remained adamant about his teammate’s ability.