New York Jets: The Mark Sanchez Dilemma

By Jonathan Peralta
Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

Former golden boy for the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez, insists that he wants to remain on the team that he grew with. But at the same time, he also crashed and burned with Gang Green. Whether he’s telling the truth or not is another story, and the same goes with whether the Jets want to keep him around, but the answer is probably a ‘no’.

The ongoing drama between Sanchez and the New York Jets continues at least for a few more weeks. Speaking to the media for the first time since his season-ending surgery in October, Sanchez told reporters that he wanted to remain with the team past this season. “It’s been a dream come true to play here and I don’t want to go anywhere else,” Sanchez said. “I know I have [three] years left, and I don’t ever want that to end. I love being a Jet and I plan on being here.”

The Jets’ new GM, John Idzik, did not express the same feelings earlier this month when asked if Sanchez was going to remain on the team for the 2014 season, saying the team was focused on getting him healthy.

Although the Jets are struggling with their current quarterback Geno Smith, the team has no doubt grown tired of Sanchez’s level of play. In his first four years, he completed only 55 percent of his passes for 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions. Those stats don’t exactly inspire hope for a franchise that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since ’69, but let’s not forget that the organization set Sanchez up for failure.

In his four years, Sanchez has seen three different offensive coordinators, and a change of faces in the skill positions each season — not exactly something that will help any quarterback grow in the league.

Another big problem in bringing Sanchez back is his bloated contract — a contract that paid him over $8 million this season and would earn him another $13 million if he’s on the roster next season. If released this offseason, the Jets could save $8.3 million, which is great, right?

If the Jets release Sanchez and decide to keep Smith as the starting quarterback, who will be his backup?

If Sanchez agrees to a pay cut, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to keep him around as the backup. He’s no longer a fan favorite, but he does provide some value with his experience, and he can teach Smith while taking over once in a while if needed.

Jonathan Peralta covers the New York Jets and the NFL for  Follow him on Twitter @itsJPeralta and add  him on your Google network

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