New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez Would Benefit from Trade to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Nick Mamary
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Similar to Bigfoot and the Tooth Fairy, a team willing to acquire New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez appeared to be nonexistent. Against all odds, there perhaps is at least a slight chance that New York has found a potential suitor for their embattled player.

Reports suggest that discussion is taking place with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to include Sanchez in a potential trade for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. The odds of this occurring are uncertain, and any trade including Sanchez would probably require the Jets to pay most of the $8.25 million in guaranteed money owed to him for the 2013 season.

Although it may not be likely, all parties involved could come away as a winner.

Turbulence in New York’s locker room as of late has partially been due to their signal caller’s poor play. I have even referred to him as a “black cloud” that hovers over everyone around him.

his was definitely the case in their Week 15 loss to the Tennessee Titans where Sanchez had five turnovers, ending the Jets’ playoff hopes. His pocket presence in terms of identifying pressure has become terrible. He also has a tendency to panic and make terrible throws.

That said, there is reason to believe that he could rebound somewhere else. Tampa Bay has been trying to find a capable backup to push starting quarterback Josh Freeman. The Jets, of course, get an opportunity to start fresh in this scenario. This team may also be a perfect landing spot for Sanchez.

Sitting behind Freeman, perhaps Sanchez could learn without having to deal with constant scrutiny. If he were to enter the game either due to injury or even being called on to replace Freeman, it could work. With a talented surrounding cast, Sanchez enjoyed great team success in New York his first two seasons. Tampa Bay has Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams who could provide either quarterback solid weapons, and Sanchez also would be comfortable in handing off to budding star Doug Martin.

Fans in the Big Apple do not want Sanchez anymore. If he is allowed to escape such a negative atmosphere, there is a chance this former first-round pick could resurrect his career.

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