We have all heard the reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t completely sold on Josh Freeman as their quarterback, so it was obvious to consider that the New York Jets could throw in a quarterback to sweeten the Darrelle Revis deal with Tampa. Now, upon further examination, it looks like the Jets and Buccaneers have had discussions about putting a signal-caller in the mix.
Tim Tebow was a name that was thrown around earlier in the offseason, but if could be former top pick Mark Sanchez who has started for the Jets since being drafted.
There is, however, one problem. Sanchez’s contract.
Pro Football Talk passed along the news of the Sanchez discussion on Friday afternoon. From their report:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the discussions between the Jets and Bucs have included the possibility of the Buccaneers assuming the contract of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Yes, Sanchez. He has a guaranteed base salary of $8.25 million for 2013.
If the Jets could convince Tampa Bay to take on Sanchez’s big contract, it would be a win-win situation for both teams.
New York would finally be able to rid themselves of the commitment to their former first-rounder, while parting ways with Revis and adding picks to help the team build for the future. Tampa Bay would bring in a star cornerback and a quarterback with starting experience that could push Freeman and potentially find new life in his new home.
If a deal including Sanchez were to go down, you would have to assume it would be on draft day if Geno Smith was still on the board.
The discussion of Sanchez/Revis to Tampa Bay has just been that — discussion. There is no word on how serious the talks could be or if either side has given legitimate consideration to those talks. If they have, we will find out in less than two weeks when the Jets are on the clock.