The Jets have been in talks with veteran David Garrard, and plan to keep Sanchez, who is guaranteed $8.25 million this season. Greg McElroy and Matt Simms will also be in the competition, and New York could still sign another free agent or draft a young quarterback.
But, it’s unlikely Tebow will be on the roster once the Jets begin offseason workouts. The Jets, by mentioning Tebow, could also be trying to build a trade market for him since most believe New York will end up cutting him.
In other topics:
- After cutting veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and offensive tackle Jason Smith, Idzik was asked if the Jets would consider bringing any of them back. “I don’t think we ever shut the door on anything, especially your own players,” he said. Ryan did indicate that second-year linebacker Demario Davis would replace Scott as the starter at middle linebacker.
- Idzik said the team has spoken to representatives for their potential unrestricted free agents, a list that includes safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry, running back Shonn Greene, defensive lineman Mike DeVito and tight end Dustin Keller. Idzik added that the team would like to retain right tackle Austin Howard, scheduled to become a restricted free agent.
- Ryan believes the Jets can still attract star players in free agency despite their struggles the last two seasons. “The New York Jets are a team many players want to play for _ if not all,” he said.