In all likelihood, the New York Jets’ roster will look totally different next season. Current starter Greg McElroy may remain, but Tim Tebow wants out and according to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the Jets want Mark Sanchez out.
The Jets are reportedly planning to look for someone to take Sanchez in a trade this offseason. If they are successful, they would be in the market for a new starting quarterback. That new starting could be Mike Vick. All assuming that Philadelphia decides to release him after the season.
Less than four years after the Jets made a franchise-changing decision to move up in the draft for Mark Sanchez, they will attempt to trade the struggling quarterback after the season.
One day after Rex Ryan benched Sanchez for third-stringer Greg McElroy for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the Daily News learned on Wednesday that the Jets will explore trading the player that they once believed would be their franchise quarterback.
In order for the Jets to pull off a deal, they would almost certainly have to absorb the bulk of Sanchez’s guaranteed $8.25 million base salary for 2013.
The Jets’ need to replace Sanchez with a veteran signal caller could lead them to another player who has fallen on hard times recently.
The News has learned that Michael Vick, who is expected to be released by the Eagles shortly after the season, would be amenable to coming to the Jets if Sanchez is out of the equation.
“Bring it on,” one Jets source said about signing Vick if he becomes available. “He was hit too many times (behind a subpar offensive line) the last two years.”
Rex Ryan may be the X-factor to landing Vick, according to sources. Ryan has always had an affinity for Vick, who could potentially help save the coach from getting his walking papers after the 2013 season.
“(Ryan) loves him,” a team official said.
So who’s really going to step up and take Sanchez off the Jets’ hands? Buffalo? Kansas City? Cleveland?
Even if they are able to lure Vick to New York, odds are that what really happens is that the Jets will be stuck with a very high priced backup quarterback.