The quarterback situation with the New York Jets is getting harder and harder to figure out. The team appears to be sending mixed signals on a daily basis in terms of what they plan to do with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow moving forward. One minute the team is ready to ship both quarterbacks out of town via trade or release, but now it seems the Jets may be leaning towards keeping Sanchez according to Kareem Copeland of NFL.com:
Two sources told Newsday’s Bob Glauber that Sanchez will remain a Jet next season.
There aren’t a ton of teams out there clamoring for Sanchez, his $8.25 million 2013 salary and those 17 interceptions he threw. Greg McElroy might be getting his shot Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but he’s probably not the quarterback of the future in New York. Tim Tebow obviously isn’t. And coach Rex Ryan already denied the trade talk.
After the news broke of Sanchez officially being benched for the rest of the season in favor of Greg McElroy and the team exploring trade options for the USC product, a lot of people were scratching their heads wondering how the Jets’ front office would be able to convince another team to take on Sanchez’s enormous contract after a horrible season in New York.
Before the 2012 NFL campaign began for the Jets, the team was convinced that Sanchez was to remain the starter for the long haul and signed him to a lucrative five-year contract extension. The move was questionable to say the least with the Jets coming off a disappointing season and a lot of questions surrounding whether or not Sanchez could be the starter in New York or in the NFL for the long-term.
Apparently, the Jets’ front office has come to their senses and believe it might be easier to keep him on in a backup capacity rather than trying to trade him. Tebow, on the other hand, is already on his way out with the team feeling he has no value for the franchise moving forward.