Sanchez in “high demand” according to a head coach

credit to Robert Deutsch of USA today.

credit to Robert Deutsch of USA today.

It’s a league-wide assumption that New York Jets veteran QB Mark Sanchez may get released from the team after five years with the Jets.

Earlier in the season Sanchez met with reporters in Mooristown during Thanksgiving and basically stated that he wants another chance with the Jets.

“It’s been a dream come true to play here and I don’t want to go anywhere else.” Sanchez said. “I know I have a few years left but I don’t want that to end, I love playing here.”

Sanchez’s current contract is worth $13.1M and the Jets would save about $8.3M if the Jets cut him according to the New York Post.

Brian Costello of the New York Post spoke to an NFL coach at the Senior Bowl practice earlier this week. When Sanchez was brought up to the head coach, he responded in an interesting way.

“We would take Sanchez.” Coach said. “He would immediately be the starter for us.”

That quote may be shocking to Jets fans considering that Sanchez has been a turnover machine. However, Sanchez has led the Jets to two AFC championship games with a 4-2 post season record.

Sanchez may in fact be in high demand. Not only because of his postseason success but also compared to the other possible free agent QBs. For an example, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles who was quickly replaced by QB Nick Foles.

At the final press conference of the season, GM John Idzik was basically non-committal when a reporter asked if Sanchez will remain on the team.

“Right now he is a Jet, we consider all of our guys Jets until we make a decision.” Idzik said. “Our focus right now is to make sure he is healthy and we’ll go on from there.”

Sanchez had to undergo season-ending surgery in October on his torn librium (shoulder). An injury that may have cost him his job.

Tony Carter

Lead NFL Writer and Reporter