As of late in the afternoon today, there have been reports that have surfaced in the NFL world that suggest quarterback Mark Sanchez’s name has come up in the ongoing trade discussions between the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to the initial report, by Profootballtalk.com, there has been chatter between the Jets and the Bucs about Sanchez and “assuming his contract,” which is about set to be guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013.
The report comes after days of Bucs coach Greg Schiano coming out and stating that he “isn’t sold on quarterback Josh Freeman.”
Two sources told NFL.com’s Ian Rappoport that the scenario is highly unlikely to happen. It’s an interesting idea, but it seems far-fetched that the Bucs would go for the embattled Sanchez, especially with the baggage (contract) that comes with it.
The Jets and Bucs have already been in discussions regarding Darrelle Revis. The Jets would like to trade away Revis, and the Bucs desperately need him, but the Jets are demanding the Bucs to relinquish their 13th overall pick in compensation for the All-Pro corner. It is uncertain whether the Bucs will comply, as the trade rumors have been at a standstill until today when this most recent report came out.
Even though the Jets may secretly be attempting to shop Sanchez, just like Tim Tebow, it is highly unlikely that they will find a suitor. For one, Sanchez had a dismal season last year and shows very little signs of potential, and two, no one will want to pick up his $8 million contract for this upcoming season.
It may be what the Jets and the Jet fan base would like, but scenario of Sanchez in a Bucs jersey does not look promising.