By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on March 24, 2014
In a move that surprised no one, the New York Jets released quarterback Mark Sanchez last Friday. He now enters a limited free agent market, with a lot of teams that wanted to add an experienced quarterback already making a move to settle their situation, so the Jets didn’t do him any favors in that regard by releasing him so late.
Here are five teams I think could, or some cases should, have interest in Sanchez.
The Seahawks don’t need a starting quarterback, but Sanchez could compete with Tarvaris Jackson to be Russell Wilson’s backup. A reunion with Pete Carroll, who of course was his college coach at USC, could help Sanchez re-establish his value around the league.
EJ Manuel is theoretically in place as Buffalo’s starting quarterback of the present and presumably the future, but the six games he missed as a rookie in 2013 exposed a lack of depth at the position. Sanchez would be a big upgrade over Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel, even if that qualifies as faint praise.
Even with the possibility they use their top-five pick in May’s draft on a quarterback, the Browns could still look to add a veteran to the mix. Sanchez may be the most accomplished signal caller on the market now, and he could compete for the starting job in Cleveland.
The Bears lost Josh McCown in free agency, and with Jay Cutler’s injury history they could use an experienced backup. Head coach Marc Trestman has a solid history with quarterbacks, so Sanchez’s ultimate destination could be the Windy City.
Sanchez could reunite with former Jets’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who will be entering his third season in the same position with the Rams. Add in St. Louis’ uncertain situation behind Sam Bradford, who is working his way back from a torn ACL, and this looks like a very good fit.
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