Jets will weigh Sanchez, Te­bow trade op­tions

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Dennis Wasza­kjr.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Mark Sanchez is the former face of the fran­chise. He could soon be a former mem­ber of the New York Jets.

The team will con­sider all their op­tions re­gard­ing the be­lea­guered and benched quar­ter­back in the off­sea­son, a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day.

The per­son, who re­quested anonymity be­cause the team’s per­son­nel plans are pri­vate, told the AP that the Jets have not made any de­ter­mi­na­tions in­volv­ing Sanchez.

That means his sta­tus is in limbo and a trade can­not be ruled out.

He’s not alone. The fu­tures of Tim Te­bow, coach Rex Ryan, gen­eral man­ager Mike Tan­nen­baum and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Tony Sparano with the Jets also are un­cer­tain.

Part­ing ways with Te­bow, the im­mensely pop­u­lar but lit­tle-used backup, ap­pears a cer­tainty af­ter he came to New York amid lots of hype but had lit­tle im­pact in his one sea­son with the Jets.

But the Jets could be hard-pressed to trade or cut Sanchez, who is due $8.25 mil­lion in guar­an­tees next sea­son.

“Any­thing deal­ing with the fu­ture past Buf­falo (the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale) will be han­dled af­ter that,” Ryan said Thurs­day.

There are sev­eral com­pli­ca­tions that could lead to Sanchez ac­tu­ally stick­ing around in New York — whether it’s as a backup or starter. Sanchez, who re­ceived a con­tract ex­ten­sion in March, would cost the Jets a $17.1 mil­lion salary cap hit next sea­son. They could, how­ever, spread that amount over the next two sea­sons if he is cut af­ter June 1.

New York could also find it dif­fi­cult to find a trad­ing part­ner to un­load Sanchez, who isn’t likely a very at­trac­tive op­tion at the moment af­ter turn­ing the ball over 50 times since the start of last sea­son.

With Tan­nen­baum’s sta­tus un­clear, teams might not be will­ing to even talk to him at this point about pos­si­ble trades. Teams can’t make trades un­til March.

When asked about pos­si­ble Sanchez trade ru­mors, Ryan said: “That’s news to me.”

If the Jets did wind up trad­ing Sanchez, the salary cap hit would still be $8.9 mil­lion.

The Daily News re­ported Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to sources, that the Jets would be in­ter­ested in Michael Vick and that the Ea­gles quar­ter­back would come to New York if it was clear he would be the starter. The news­pa­per also said Ryan “loves” Vick.

“I’ll just fo­cus on the play­ers we have on this ros­ter,” Ryan said while laugh­ing.

Sanchez, whom the Jets drafted fifth over­all in 2009, was benched in fa­vor of third-stringer Greg McEl­roy for at least the home fi­nale Sun­day against San Diego.

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