2014 NFL combine: Do the Jets want Mark Sanchez back in 2014?

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Could this man be returning to New York next year? (USATSI)
Could this man be returning to New York next year? (USATSI)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- You might have thought Mark Sanchez was done with the Jets organization and vice versa. General manager John Idzik is not entirely sure that's true.

Idzik told reporters Thursday that he wouldn't mind seeing Sanchez, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury that eventually needed surgery, compete with incumbent starter Geno Smith for the right to start for the Jets in 2014.

Wait a minute. Smith was up and down during his rookie season, but he did help lead the Jets to an 8-8 record -- which, in part, helped save coach Rex Ryan's job. Besides, he was Idzik's second-round pick from 2013. Why continue bothering with Sanchez? Especially since he's due a $9 million base salary with $2.5 million more in bonuses, leading to a $13.1 million salary cap hit.

Not only that, Idzik also said he wouldn't rule out the Jets drafting a quarterback in the first round of May's draft (for the record, the CBSSports.com mock drafters predict New York will take either USC receiver Marqise Lee or UNC tight end Eric Ebron with the No. 18 overall pick).

Yet, it seems reasonable that Sanchez's chances of staying on the roster would be increased if he agrees to some sort of contract renegotiation or reduction -- releasing him would leave $4.8 million of dead money on the cap.

Said Ryan: "Let's just let it play out."

 
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