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Possible Destinations for Mark Sanchez

Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) and quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

You all have been reading my posts a long time now. Did you really think I could just forget about this guy?

In all seriousness, let’s look ahead to the future. Yes, I understand that this is easier said than done. Mark Sanchez is owed a lot of money next year, so making a trade could be very difficult. It will take some very intricate matching up of money, the Jets taking on a decent portion of the contract, or a restructure. I get all of that. This is simply some suggestions as to where Mark could land, assuming they work that out. These are locations where he could fight for a job, or at least be a backup, and have less scrutiny than he has had in NY. So, here we go:

KANSAS CITY: Why not? They have not had a decent quarterback situation in a while. Since coming over from New England, Matt Cassel hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Mark could certainly compete for a spot on the depth chart with Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, couldn’t he? He would have some decent weapons, in Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. KC could work.

ARIZONA: We saw it first hand, Ryan Lindley looked as bad as Mark Sanchez. Kevin Kolb has not exactly put in consistent play since landing his big contract, and John Skelton isn’t exactly Tom Brady either. Beanie Wells is a talented running back when healthy, and Larry Fitzgerald can make any QB look good. Arizona would be a good landing spot for Mark Sanchez.

SAN FRANCISCO: Hear me out. Alex Smith, at least in my opinion, is not likely to be back there next year. He was not thrilled about being benched after only losing his job due to injury. Heck, Smith could be here next year. With his past success, Mark would certainly be an able-bodied backup to Colin Kaepernick. If called upon to play, Mark would do well there. They run a similar system to the Jets, and they have the running backs in Gore and Hunter to pull it off. Alex Smith was not looked upon as a great quarterback until Jim Harbaugh got there. Why couldn’t he resurrect Sanchez?

SEATTLE: I don’t see this as impossible. Yes, they have Matt Flynn there, but he couldn’t beat out Russell Wilson. Why couldn’t Mark Sanchez put in a good fight for the backup spot there? Having his college coach there as well would not hurt.

ST LOUIS: I could see this as a dark horse. Mark could absolutely backup Sam Bradford. One, Brian Schottenheimer is there. He was able to bring out some success in Mark, there is no reason why he couldn’t do it again. I don’t think it would be rough for Mark to make that team as the second string, he has beaten out Kellen Clemens before. Why not?

There are my spots for Mark. What do you guys think? Leave me comments or hit us up on Twitter.

Topics: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    Our best option is through trade because of cap space problems. Alex Smith would send us straight to the cap and we need room to try and keep Laron Landry and maybe get a decent receiver in free agency. Holmes was with Sanchez for how long and still couldn’t figure out when to look back at his quarterback. I don’t see who we would get in trade from Arizona and there’s no way St. Louis should even come close to looking at him. Clemens has been more than a solid backup, gets paid accordingly, and no way can Sanchez compete with Bradford. Our only options are Flynn or Matt Moore in free agency. Flynn, although unproven, is seemingly an upgrade and has better arm strength. Not to mention we may have to pick up only a slightly higher amount of salary to trade for him. Matt Moore has been a more than solid starter and undervalued in the NFL; we can pick him up in free agency for backup money, see what we have and look to the draft in a few years for a QB if he’s not working out since the draft is light for those this coming year. Please no Michael Vick! He’s a money/injury/attitude problem that only makes us entertaining, not competitive, again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MPQWT3BUMIRPFJJQJ7G55MFLM4 B-

    Hmmm …. well let’s look at the problems with the above article. A) Sanchez got beat out by the third string QB. Therefore he is at best a third string QB not even realistically a second stringer even for bad teams. B) He got beat out by a sixth round draft choice. Therefore any of the above teams can draft someone sixth round or higher and have the same upside. But hey, why stop here let’s look at the above teams in detail.

    KC: Will have a new coach, GM and the first pick and will get a QB. They are not going to want to have damaged goods hanging around to taint the new guy.

    Arizona: They already have a bad QB in Lindley. The Jets added a second bad QB (Tebow in case you didn’t know) and we all see how that turned out. Why would they try to repeat that mistake?

    San Francisco: Harbaugh’s teams thrive on internal competition. Sanchez has no fight in him and will not be looked on as a threat by the current QBs’ already there and from the Harbaugh’s perspective, useless.

    Seattle: Sanchez did not listen to Carroll when he told him to stay another year in college. Why start now. Carroll knows Sanchez way to well to ever want him in his locker room.

    St. Louis: Sanchez got Shottenheimer fired. Why in the world would anyone set themselves up for that possibility again? Fisher wants a physically and mentally tough QB like Steve McNair. He tried the other the opposite in Vince Young and will not try it again.

    To end this before anyone starts bringing up the losses in the AFC Championship games, and how Sanchez has “Potential” refer back to points A and B above.

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