Despite missing all of this season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and having turnover problems in 2011 and 2012, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will have plenty of suitors should the Jets decide to cut him this offseason, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.
One coach told Costello in Mobile, Ala. — the site of this weekend's Senior Bowl — that his team has already discussed Sanchez as an option to be its starting quarterback next season.
“We’d take Sanchez,” the coach said. “He’d be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us.”
Sanchez, 27, led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in his first two seasons and had a career-high 26 touchdown passes in 2011, when the Jets went 8-8. But he turned the ball over a combined 52 times in 2011 and 2012 and had surgery on his throwing shoulder in October.
Sanchez, who is 4-2 in the postseason with nine touchdown passes and three interceptions, has three years left on his contract. He has a $13.1 million salary-cap figure for 2014, and the Jets would save $8.3 million against the cap by releasing him, Costello reports.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to think that the team would keep him,” a team executive told Costello.
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