12/20/2012 04:56 PM
Report: Jets want to trade Sanchez; Vick could be interested in N.Y.
Sanchez Time in New York might be coming to an end. (AP)
During his news conference Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan tried to talk around questions about the futures of quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow (though I've been adamant that it's time for Sanchez to go, no matter the cost).
On Wednesday night, the N.Y. Daily News reported that the team will try to trade Sanchez, its No. 5 overall pick from 2009, in the offseason and that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would be “amenable” to coming to New York in 2013.
Yep, that sounds about right for a guy who's lost his starting quarterback job to Greg McElroy. Meanwhile, Tebow reportedly will ask to be traded or released after the season.
That, however, doesn't mean Sanchez won't be back. After all, he's owed an $8.25-million guarantee for 2012, and that's a hefty price to pay for a backup quarterback (and at this point in his career, that's exactly what Sanchez is). If Sanchez does return to New York next year, the paper writes that he could very well compete for the starting quarterback job again.
But what happens if Vick, who's fallen out of favor in Philadelphia and likely is on his way out of town with rookie Nick Foles taking over the starting quarterback job, is truly interested in the Jets? Well, that might mean Vick would be a favorite to win the job, especially with Rex Ryan reportedly showing “an affinity” for Vick because he would have a better chance of helping save Ryan's job with a successful 2013.
“Bring it on,” one Jets source told the Daily News. “He was hit too many times (behind a subpar offensive line) the last two years. … [Ryan] loves him.”
Meanwhile, Sanchez, for the first time in his career, took scout team snaps at Jets practice Wednesday, and afterward, he said he wasn't going to make excuses for his subpar play.
“At the end of the day, no matter what kind of situation that you're in, the quarterback has the ball and it's my job to make good decisions with the football regardless of personnel situation,” said Sanchez, who threw four interceptions on Monday in a loss to the Titans. “I'm not going to go there. Is every interception the quarterback's fault? Of course not. But they're attributed to the quarterback. It goes as my stat. You live with that. You own up to your side of the mistakes and you move on.”
And maybe moving on from New York for good.