Mark Sanchez expressed his desire to return to the team in 2014 according to Kim Martin of Newsday.
The writing appeared to be on the wall months ago. But someone forgot to tell Mark Sanchez, who said Tuesday morning that he still sees a future with the Jets.Leaving more than thirteen million on the table should he get cut makes perfect sense on why he would be as diplomatic as possible, but Sanchez has always known the right things to say at the right time. It is not in the least bit surprising that Sanchez would speak so glowingly about his situation given the attention the words would get, writes Rich Cimini for ESPN NY.
"Absolutely. There's no doubt about that,'' Sanchez said before volunteering for Community Soup Kitchen at a church. "It's been a dream come true to play here and I don't want to go anywhere else. So that's for sure. I know I have [three] years left and I don't ever want that to end.
"I love being a Jet. And I plan on being here.''
Aside from doing some good in the community, the event provided positive public relations for Sanchez. He knows there isn't a big market for disgruntled quarterbacks coming off major surgery, especially quarterbacks on a two-year regression.Darryl Slater wrote for the Star-Ledger that Sanchez might be better off with a second act in a new city, but Sanchez was clear about wanting to stay in New York.
It would take some crazy developments for him to return next season. Sanchez, signed through 2016, has a $13.1 million cap charge next season. General manager John Idzik would sooner appear on "Letterman" than pay that wage to Sanchez. The Jets are rebuilding at quarterback, starting with Geno Smith. There's no telling who they will add in the offseason to compete with Smith, but it won't be Smith versus Sanchez, Part II.
Looking out for his future, Sanchez gave predictable answers to about a dozen reporters. It would've been crass to unload on teammates or the organization at a charitable function.
He might benefit from a fresh start elsewhere, but he insisted he does not want that. Still, if the Jets are intent on parting ways with him, what he wants will not matter.The likelihood of Sanchez returning in 2014 is effectively zero. Still, credit to Sanchez for playing the part until his cutting. We don't expect the Jets to move quick on cutting Sanchez once the season ends. There might be teams in the market for a quarterback and so John Idzik will want to explore all the possibilities of a trade. Even so, the Jets are going to want to move Sanchez before the team owes him any offseason roster or workout bonuses, so that the Jets will be paying less freight for Sanchez on their 2014 cap.
“It’s been a dream come true to play here, and I don’t want to go anywhere else,” he said. “So that’s for sure. I love being a Jet and I plan on being here. That’s all I’m thinking about, is coming back next year, leading this team, playing well. We’ll see what happens.”