Debating Points: Sanchez’s Market

Mark Sanchez was sidelined for the entire 2013 season.

If the New York Jets decide to release QB Mark Sanchez, he would have starting opportunities, per reports.

An unnamed coach of a “quarterback-needy team” stated the following to the NY Post:

We’d take Sanchez. He’d be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us.

Despite missing the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury, Sanchez would certainly find opportunities to seize the starting reins.

Photo taken by Leon Halip/Getty Images
Photo taken by Leon Halip/Getty Images

In all likelihood, the Jets are committed to Rookie QB Geno Smith, a more athletic signal caller compared to Sanchez. Sanchez’s inconsistent, turnover-plagued play put him in New York’s spotlight. In 2012 (Sanchez started 15 games), he threw 2883 yards, 13 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and coughed up 14 fumbles (eight lost).

Smith started all 16 games in 2013, throwing 3046 yards, 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, with eight fumbles (four lost).

If the Jets decide to go all-in on Smith, they need to get rid of Sanchez’s $58.25 Million contract. The USC product is scheduled to hit the free agent market in 2017.

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