Note: Most of the fan base is not going to be a fan of this theory that I am going to pose.
So, the story that we all thought was going to be over, still goes on.
Mark Sanchez is still on the Jets’ roster. Earlier this week, was my erroneous report from a fake Twitter account that Mark was about to be released. Then, there was the report last night from the Raiders’ ESPN beat reporter that the team is ready to bring Mark when/if the Jets’ release him.
As true as that report seems to be, and as much as the fan base wants him out, Mark Sanchez is still here. Could he still be released prior to being paid his bonus, due on March 25th? Sure. But, where are the other QB visits? We aren’t hearing about many.
Has anyone considered the possibility that there is a reason Mark is still on the roster? That reason? That he is staying on the roster, and IS the veteran quarterback that the Jets are bringing into camp?
Before I go on, note that this is pure speculation on my part. I have no inside knowledge on this, just looking at the circumstantial evidence that we have.
First, and most obvious again, he is still here. I understand that if they are trying to save money, the Jets don’t HAVE to release him until March 24th, with his roster bonus due to be awarded March 25th. But, why wait? If they want to get rid of him, wouldn’t it be the best for both sides to do it now? The Jets open up the roster spot, and the cap room. Mark Sanchez gets to shop his services around to the Raiders and all other teams. What benefit is it to keep him around?
Why keep him around if they are going to replace him? Think about it, you are Michael Vick, or Shaun Hill, or any other veteran quarterback. You are being asked to come in and compete with Geno Smith. But, Mark Sanchez is still on the roster. You don’t know for sure that Mark will be cut, nothing is a guarantee until it happens. Would you sign on for a three-way competition? Probably not.
Keeping Mark Sanchez here is likely preventing them from signing another quarterback. The Jets obviously would not want to do that…..unless Mark Sanchez is exactly who they WANT to keep around.