Late last night there were reports surfacing that the New York Jets will begin to shop quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was benched for this week’s game in favor of Greg McElroy, in the offseason. However, a source close to the team told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com that the Jets have not yet made a decision.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News was the first to report trade talks last night, but the source told PFT that the Jets will just simply explore all of their options with Sanchez.
While exploring all options does include the possibility of trading Sanchez, it also means that the team will look into releasing the former No. 5 overall pick, keeping him as a back up or once again giving him the chance to earn the starting job in the offseason — Jets fans would hate to see the latter, but the team still owes Sanchez a lot of money and that could force them to keep him on the roster.
Sanchez is set to make $8.25 million in fully guaranteed base salary next season, so the team would be forced to eat that money regardless of what they decide to do with Sanchez. If they cut Sanchez, it will result in a $14 million cap hit, so that is the least likely of the scenarios.
If the Jets trade Sanchez, they will attempt to share the price of Sanchez and get the other team to pay $3 million of his owed salary.
These are the decisions that will be facing the Jets this offseason, but for now, they have yet to make a decision on the future of their former starting quarterback.