It didn't take long following the Jets' lastest disaster, a 14-10 loss to the Titans that eliminated New York from any chance of making the playoffs, for rumors to start spreading about the future of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Tebow reportedly wants to be traded or released, Sanchez is reportedly up for trade and, hey, just for fun, Michael Vick might be interested in coming to New York!
The harsh reality is this: Sanchez is probably going to end up back with the Jets. Newsday's Bob Glauber reported as much Thursday night, citing two sources who believe Sanchez "and his $8.25 million contract" will be on the Jets roster in 2013.
Again, this shouldn't be surprising. There are only two ways to get Sanchez off the Jets roster before next year, and neither option is particularly enticing.
The Jets could cut their starting quarterback -- except Sanchez is owed too much money to cut, even if there's an argument that cost should be irrelevant when it comes to getting him off the roster. It's not even throwing good money after bad -- the bad money is already spent, too! Cutting Sanchez before June 1 tags the Jets with a $17 million cap hit for 2013.
The Jets could also trade Sanchez. Except there are myriad problems with that idea. For one, Rex Ryan denied he started the rumor. (OK, that's not a problem, but it does point to the dysfunctional nature of the Jets.) The bigger issue is that they can't trade Sanchez. I mean, they could, but it would probably involve Mike Tannenbaum picking up the phone, calling a GM who needs a quarterback and offering Sanchez plus the Jets' first-round pick for a sack of marbles. Even then, it would be cheaper to just draft a quarterback in the first round.
Blowing up the Jets as we know them is an option, but it's not the option you typically see a a front office take coming off of two straight playoff-less seasons; patience is a virtue but it's not always available to people with warming seats like Tannenbaum and Ryan.
Which means their only real option is to rebuild themselves with Sanchez. It won't be easy, and it won't be pretty. But that doesn't make it any different from the rest of the Jets' run with Sanchez at the helm.
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