Posted January 23, 2014

Report: Mark Sanchez in high demand if Jets cut him

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Mark Sanchez (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mark Sanchez has 68 career touchdown passes and 69 interceptions. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Despite missing all of this season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and having turnover problems in 2011 and 2012, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will have plenty of suitors should the Jets decide to cut him this offseason, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

One coach told Costello in Mobile, Ala. — the site of this weekend’s Senior Bowl — that his team has already discussed Sanchez as an option to be its starting quarterback next season.

“We’d take Sanchez,” the coach said. “He’d be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us.”

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Sanchez, 27, led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in his first two seasons and had a career-high 26 touchdown passes in 2011, when the Jets went 8-8. But he turned the ball over a combined 52 times in 2011 and 2012 and had surgery on his throwing shoulder in October.

Sanchez, who is 4-2 in the postseason with nine touchdown passes and three interceptions, has three years left on his contract. He has a $13.1 million salary-cap figure for 2014, and the Jets would save $8.3 million against the cap by releasing him, Costello reports.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to think that the team would keep him,” a team executive told Costello.

Sanchez is doing rehab work on his shoulder in Birmingham, Ala., and he is due a $2 million roster bonus in March.

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63 comments
dennis921
dennis921

Who wrote that report, his agent?

hubrob107
hubrob107

coaches can be stupid...sanchez is terrible

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

He has a major hair band sponsorship signed sealed and delivered.

AlexCurtis
AlexCurtis

Funny article, what they don't say is that the coach was actually from a Jr. flag football league.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Buwahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhaha!

EleuterioVillegas
EleuterioVillegas

I dunno, he seemed ok for a the first couple of years. I'd chalk up a couple of his earlier mistakes off the field as just being growing pains, but maybe with a good offensive line and some decent receivers he could actually return to being productive. I mean, what do you do with the terrible running game and wideout corps the Jets have been fielding the last couple of years? I could see somebody's confidence getting broken down pretty easily. Maybe a change of scenery would do everybody some good.

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

I thought Sanchez was some kind of male cheerleader the Jets had there on the sidelines for the ladies to watch.  Besides that he could be used to reenact the classic fumble he's well known for during matches half time.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Sanchez shows the physical skills to be an NFL QB.  Put him with a good coach like Jim Harbaugh and he can be adequate.  NO QB is ever going to develop under Sexy Rexy.

PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

My guess is the mystery coach had to be from the jaguars or browns. I can't see any team wanting this QB as a starter?

badbeatya
badbeatya

LOL. This just goes to show how desperate teams are for a QB.  Sanchez makes bad decisions on and off the field.  He throws a lot of picks, but(t) fumbles are also an issue...

Hopefully he'll catch on somewhere else so we can enjoy more of his entertaining turnovers.  Perhaps the Arena Football League?

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

Sanchez is a play action pass quarterback.  If you put him in the backfield with a good running back he can use his mobility.  He can line up both under center and in the shotgun.  He had above average arm strength.  But, he needs a solid o-line to give him time to make the reads and work through his progressions.  

m.james61
m.james61

The unnamed coach was later identified as Bod Trankowitz, assistant coach of the Passaic County Technical Highschool Woman's Field Hockey Team... more news to come.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

Who do you think this mystery team is?

retro-grouch
retro-grouch

   It's not just that he throws picks, it's that he makes a ton of unforced errors; mishandling the ball, missing basic reads, and blowing easy plays on a regular basis.  Inevitably, some of those mistakes drive win probability into the toilet.

  Brian Schottenheimer sure looks good in retrospect.

GoSyracuse
GoSyracuse

If this is true, and the Jets are done with him, why not trade him? Won't that have beneficial effect on their cap space?

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

Has to be the Jags with their Stupid lil davy caldwell gm.

DaM
DaM

Maybe the teams want to add to their halftime entertainment for fans.  Reenactments of the "Butt-fumble" would keep fans in the seats just to laugh.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

This sounds like another BS Story put up by players agents in my opinion.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Should we really believe everything Sanchez's agent wants us to believe?

stagger
stagger

It doesn't say it's a NFL coach. Maybe a CFL or AFL coach checking out the senior bowl... :)

clt0002
clt0002

In demand by the Browns as a starter and a backup for everyone else. 

badcyclist1
badcyclist1

All the people who thought that Sanchez was the problem with the Jets found out this year that they were dead wrong.  I hope that he gets a chance to go somewhere else and we'll see what happens.

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

Jets picked the wrong year to draft a QB. In this year's draft, Geno Smith would be a 3rd rounder at best.  Sanchez would be a solid backup for any team.  Hopefully, the Jets have courage to draft a QB this year.  A few years ago the Dolphins drafted Pat White in the second round and realized after year one that he was not the answer.  Geno Smith is similar.  He is not the answer.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It has to be the Browns. No other franchise is so dysfunctional.  Well, okay, actually there are, but I'm still betting on the Browns.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

Rex and the Jets are QB killers, Sanchez will thrive anyplace else.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Sure some team will pick him up if the Jets cut him. No cost to whoever signs him and you can bet he won't be signing for anything like $13 million. The real gauge of his value is the fact that the Jets are not even bothering to try and trade him. No team will give anything up for him or assume that idiot contract. Next up on the list of QBs who signed an overly generous deal and will be cut - Joe Flacco if he has another bad season. Also on that list - Tony Romo. I'd bet the house that Jay Cutler doesn't make it to year three of his deal. Teams are going to quickly realize you cannot hand a sixth of your salary cap to one player and win unless he is Peyton, Brady or Rodgers.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

“We’d take Sanchez,” the coach said.

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I didn't know the arena league was coaching this game?

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

I wont lie I missed Buttfumble this season...admit it we all did

Matthew W
Matthew W

@JohnFerguson 


So if you give Sanchez a good line and running game he can be a decent QB?

That's every QB. 

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@BarrySoetoro Jags, Raiders, Vikings, Browns... Sanchez would probably be an instant upgrade for all of them.  And he could also compete for the job with the Titans, Texans, and the Rams.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

@clt0002 I think that Tampa, Jacksonville, and the Raiders would also be interested.

Dave And Night
Dave And Night

@badcyclist1 Well their record was 8-8 this year,  2 games better than the previous year with Marky Mark (at 6-10).

GoSyracuse
GoSyracuse

@JizzMasterZero I agree about his being a solid backup. How many teams this year would have loved to have had someone like Sanchez when their #1 QB went down (cough...GB....cough). Of all the USC QB's that have come out from the Pete Carroll era, Sanchez has the best NFL resume.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@JizzMasterZero No QB  is going to do that well with the Jets, until they have a more effective line, better receivers, and a better running game.  They have some of the weakest offensive tools in the NFL.  

Dave And Night
Dave And Night

@PaulKelly Who is paying you guys to type this? Sanchez had the most turnovers of any player in 2011 and 2012.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@WilyCoyoteSuperGeniusOf course there will be a cost to whatever team which signs him.  If released by the Jets, Sanchez will receive absolutely nothing from them.  He's a cap hit, but no guaranteed money in 2014.   So he will be a free agent, negotiating a contract.  Expect him to want $5M or more to sign in 2014.

Danodin
Danodin

@JohnFerguson @clt0002 Tampa may be the one, actually. Sanchez could liven up the starting quarterback competition in the of season and their quarterback is one of the only ones who could benefit from Sanchez mentoring long term. They have the offensive line to give him a chance on the field too.

JackBarker
JackBarker

@Dave And Night@PaulKellyI agree with Paul Kelly. The Jets don't scheme around their QB's skill-set. Sanchez has a strong arm, does play-action as well as anybody, and is a danger to oppositions outside the pocket.