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Jets seek another quarterback to add to competition

Todd Bowles is shown during a press conference

Todd Bowles is shown during a press conference where he was introduced as the New York Jets new head coach at the Jets Practice Facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Jan. 21, 2015. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

The Jets' front office certainly seems ready to add another quarterback to the mix. Whether that is Oregon's Marcus Mariota with the No. 6 overall pick won't be known until Day 1 of the NFL Draft on April 30.

During a conference call Thursday with season-ticket holders, coach Todd Bowles made it clear they're looking to bring in someone to join Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and third-stringer Matt Simms.

"We want competition at every position," Bowles said. "Ryan's going to compete, as well Geno's going to compete. And we hope to add somebody to help compete with them, along with Simms, and we want to play the best player available."

Could that new quarterback be Mariota? Perhaps.

Members of the organization were on hand for the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner's underwhelming pro day. Jets coaches and front-office executives also flew to Eugene, Oregon, last week for a private workout.

Several mock drafts have linked Mariota to the Jets at No. 6, but neither Bowles nor general manager Mike Maccagnan has tipped his hand -- even when pressed by season-ticket holders on the call. Instead, both stressed that the team's draft-day strategy will be selecting the "best player available."

Besides finding a franchise quarterback, the Jets desperately need an edge rusher, but they also could choose to upgrade at wide receiver in Round 1. (Alabama standout Amari Cooper visited the Jets on Thursday after making a trip to St. Louis on Wednesday for a meeting with the Rams.)

Asked about the status of Muhammad Wilkerson's extension, Maccagnan noted that the defensive lineman has another year left on his contract and that the team's "first focus" is getting through the draft. He did reiterate that the Jets want to keep Wilkerson.

Maccagnan also said he'd like to see slot receiver Jeremy Kerley (who signed a four-year extension during the 2014 season) get more reps this season.

Maccagnan declined to comment on the tampering charge filed against the Jets, stemming from owner Woody Johnson's comments last December about Darrelle Revis when he still was a member of the Patriots. All Maccagnan would say is it's a "league matter" and that he expects it to be resolved soon.

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