Last year, the New York Jets followed an AFC title game appearance with an influx of free agents. This year, quarterback Mark Sanchez prefers to stand pat with the team that returned to the Super Bowl qualification round.
“Keeping as many guys as possible from last year’s team is the most important thing,” Sanchez told a certain Internet hack who was filling in for Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We have a decided advantage against a lot of teams with new offensive or defensive systems, new coordinators, new quarterbacks, new coaches. We have a good thing in place; we have a real good thing going, and and we’d love to just build on that.”
Sanchez specifically said that means he wants to see receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes return, along with cornerback Antonio Cromartie. All three men are due to become free agents.
The third-year quarterback lamented that the lockout is “really ruining our momentum,” but he offered a politically correct response when asked about a rookie wage scale, given that he received a top-five contract in 2009.
“I would not be surprised if the days of the $50 million rookie contract are over,” Sanchez said, without saying that he believes it should happen. “I just think that’s the way things are headed. There are veteran players that have proved themselves, and now. . . . I’ve seen the kind of hard work and dedication that it takes, that these guys have put in.”
It was an enjoyable discussion with Sanchez, who called me at the top of the interview, “Mr. Florio.” If I were a little faster on my feet, I would have said, “Wait, is this Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow?”