If Mark Sanchez is a member of the New York Jets by the end of March, then the infamous quarterback will receive a $2 million signing bonus on top of his $ 9 million base salary. However, there is no way — no possible way — that the Jets decide to keep Sanchez on the roster past the month of February. By releasing Sanchez, the Jets would save a surplus of cash that the team would be able to use at other more depleted positions such as wide receiver or defensive back.
Sure, Sanchez had a decent run in the Big Apple as two AFC Championship appearances is a statistic that’s hard to argue with. Even still, it’s time for New York to take a step forward and kick Sanchez to the curb. In turn, the release of Sanchez opens another door of opportunity for second-year quarterback Geno Smith. By throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in his rookie campaign, Smith should come out with a lot to prove in his sophomore season.
At this point in time: the Jets have the talent to make the postseason in 2014. Many forget that this New York squad was actually the favorite to land the second wild card spot in the AFC before a late-season collapse. Hopefully, by releasing Sanchez the Jets can spread the wealth a little more and build a more balanced team for years to come.