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AP Sources: Jets could trade QBs Sanchez, Tebow
Question of the Day
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez is no longer the face of the New York Jets. He could soon be a former member of the team.
And Tim Tebow might even beat him out the door.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Jets will consider all of their options regarding the two quarterbacks during the offseason. That means both Sanchez and Tebow are in limbo and trades cannot be ruled out.
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 or Tebow.
The Jets could be hard-pressed to trade or cut Sanchez, who is due $8.25 million in guarantees next season after having his contract extended last offseason.
But there are no such complications with Tebow, who will likely be traded or released after just one disappointing season in New York. Tebow has two years remaining on his contract, but would cost the Jets only a little more than $1 million against the salary cap if cut.
“Anything dealing with the future past Buffalo (the regular-season finale) will be handled after that,” coach Rex Ryan said.
The futures of Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano also are uncertain.
Parting ways with Tebow, the immensely popular but little-used backup, appears a certainty, though, after he came to New York amid lots of hype but had little impact. The final indication that Tebow will not be part of the Jets’ future came when Ryan went with Greg McElroy, the third-stringer, to start at quarterback instead of him against San Diego on Sunday.
“Sometimes, things just happen out of your control,” Tebow said Wednesday. “Obviously, you might not be pleased with them or happy about it, but you just try to handle it as best you can.”
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 about possible trades. Teams can’t make deals or sign free agents until March.
If the Jets did wind up trading Sanchez, the salary cap hit for them would still be a costly $8.9 million.
“That didn’t come from me or anything else,” Ryan said of the trade rumors. “We have two games to play and that’s where my focus is, so, that’s news to me.”
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.
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