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5 Potential Landing Spots For Mark Sanchez in 2014

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5 Potential Landing Spots For Mark Sanchez in 2014

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Injured New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez recently stated his desire to return next season. In four seasons as starter Sanchez has a number of highs and lows. Last year of course saw one particularly dismal moment when he introduced fans to the now infamous “buttfumble.” This comical blunder basically wiped away any remaining goodwill between this quarterback and city. Two consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances no longer matter. 69 interceptions showed horrid decision making as well as complete regression. Some factors, however, contributed to his downfall.

A lack of talented receivers last year made Sanchez press to make plays. The well documented distraction that was Tim Tebow's arrival also shook the starter’s confidence. Any time he seemed to hit some sort of stride Tebow would be called in to run the Wildcat. Head coach Rex Ryan also appeared more interested in beefing up New York’s defense, and that played a role in personnel selection. Letting Braylon Edwards, a wideout who enjoyed a great rapport with his QB, go really hurt. His replacement of sorts turned into second round draft bust Stephen Hill. Former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano hindered their entire offense with uninspired play-calling.

There have been some nice comebacks led by this Sanchez, including three consecutive contests in 2010 where he brought his team back. Critics will say that these first two years didn’t have all that much to do with the man in question. Instead detractors claim (and they have a point) that an outstanding run game and elite defense were the true catalysts of those runs.

Others still believe in the former USC star and say a change will do wonders. In that light, here are five clubs that could be interested, assuming the Jets cut the 2009 No. 5 overall selection.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5. New Orleans Saints

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This scenario obviously relegates Sanchez to strictly a backup. He could benefit, however, by signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Truly learning intangibles from superstar QB Drew Brees could be useful. Then Sanchez could once again hit free agency in 2015 as a more mature and knowledgeable individual.

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4. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Chad Henne has actually led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a nice little stretch as of late. Most likely, however, he is not the future. That distinction probably falls to someone like Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. In the meantime, though, drafting an elite prospect and having an open competition next year is a good idea. Blaine Gabbert should be gone, so bringing in Sanchez might work. He has decent arm strength to get the ball to Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III. Using him as a placeholder may not be the worst option.

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3. St. Louis Rams

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Hypothetically, if Sam Bradford were to leave this offseason the St. Louis Rams would be in the market for a new quarterback. Most likely their long-term solution comes through this much hyped group of signal callers in the draft, and again next year may serve as a time for them to sit at least a few games. Sanchez enjoyed some success with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and he has helped fellow former Jet Kellen Clemens after Bradford went down. There has never been anyone like Tavon Austin at Sanchez’s disposal so a turnaround could occur.

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2. Cleveland Browns

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Mazniel’s arrival has been rumored recently for the Cleveland Browns, but nothing is final until his name is called. Brandon Weeden is probably gone, and Jason Campbell's status remains in doubt as well. Brian Hoyer looked solid earlier this season, but he endured a major injury. A position battle could happen here as well. Josh Gordon has become a star wideout that Sanchez could lean on, and the same goes for Greg Little and very talented tight end Jordan Cameron. Tackle Joe Thomas would offer him great pocket protection. Play-action works with Sanchez because he has decent scrambling ability, and this underrated defense could offer a winning formula similar to what he had in New York.

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1. Oakland Raiders

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Matt McGloin has performed admirably since taking over for Terrell Pryor. It remains to be seen whether he can be a long-term solution with the Oakland Raiders. I don’t think Pryor fits the bill, but that also has yet to be determined. Again competition could take place with these two and a draft pick. Honestly they should consider calling Sanchez if and when he hits the market. Going back to his home state of California would be an emotional lift. Quick receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore offer whomever the quarterback is dynamic targets. Darren McFadden or Rashad Jennings would help him at running back as well.