NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Don’t expect Mark Sanchez to go the way of Tim Tebow.
The quarterback apparently won’t have much trouble finding a job if he’s cut by the New York Jets this offseason.
“We’d take Sanchez,” an unnamed NFL coach told the New York Post. “He’d be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us.”
Sanchez, who led the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship game appearances in his first two years, has said he’d like to remain with the franchise. But that’s unlikely considering he’s coming off shoulder surgery — and he’s scheduled to count $13.1 million against the salary cap in 2014.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to think that the team would keep him,” an unspecified team’s executive told the Post.
The Jets also saw the emergence this season of rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who led the team to a surprising 8-8 season despite a brutal three-game stretch following November’s bye week.
It seems nobody is overly excited about a free-agent crop that includes Michael Vick and Chad Henne. The executive said it was all about “supply and demand” despite Sanchez committing 52 total turnovers from 2011-12.
Jets general manager John Idzik praised Smith during his season-ending press conference, but said the team would consider signing other quarterbacks during the offseason. He also touched on Sanchez, who the Jets will make a decision on “in time.”
“He is a Jet,” Idzik said of Sanchez, who was a first-round pick in 2009. “We consider all our guys Jets until we make a decision or something happens that changes that.”
The Jets will owe Sanchez a roster bonus in March to the tune of $2 million, the Post reported.
Tebow, Sanchez’s backup in 2012, hasn’t played a regular-season snap since being cut by the Jets. He’s currently a college football analyst for ESPN.
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