Now that the combine is over and the off-season is in full swing, the Jets have many questions to answer in free agency. One of the bigger questions of this off season is in regards to the future of the embattled Mark Sanchez. Sanchez spent the 2013 season watching from the side lines to due to a shoulder injury suffered in the pre-season. Some will remember that this was to a controversial call on the coaches behalf to start Geno Smith, and then have Mark Sanchez come in with the second stringers. The truth of the matter is that up to that point Geno and Mark were in a QB competition, Sanchez got his chance with the starters the week before, and it was Geno’s turn.
The question revolving around Sanchez now is how likely is he to be a Jet next season? Unfortunately for Sanchez the answer is, not very likely. It is no secret that Mark Sanchez’s reps recently met with the New York Jets to discuss the future, likely to discuss whether or not Sanchez is willing to take a pay cut or whether it’s time for the Jets and Sanchez to part ways. With a guaranteed base salary of 9 million dollars next season, and plenty of positions on the roster to fill there is no way the Jets can afford to keep Sanchez at his current rate, especially when Geno is right behind him making less than a tenth of that money and more room to grow.
The biggest obstacle to Sanchez staying a Jet will be his agents, agents don’t usually like taking less money for their clients than what they are already promised. They will likely not give Idzik and his staff much room to work, and unless that number comes down to under the 2 million mark the Jets will likely be forced to cut him. Once cut the chances of Mark being resigned by the Jets is slim to none as there are other teams that have expressed clear interest in the Sanchise. At his current going rate of 9 million no teams would be interested in a trade, but if he is cut teams will be able to negotiate a number closer to what they are comfortable with, which will likely be a little more than what Idzik will be willing to spend.