When Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez signed a contract extension, he first called it a demonstration of his status as the leader of the team, then backed off those comments. But Jets owner Woody Johnson does connect Sanchez’s contract with his position as the Jets’ main man.
At today’s league meetings, Johnson said the Jets wouldn’t have given Sanchez a contract extension if they weren’t sure he would quarterback the team going forward.
“We wouldn’t sign him and put him on a long term contract extension,” Johnson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “That’s a demonstration of our confidence.”
However, less than two weeks after the Jets inked the extension with Sanchez, they traded for Tim Tebow. Doesn’t that indicate that they’re less than 100 percent certain that Sanchez is the starter?
Not according to Johnson.
“I’m going to be very clear: Mark Sanchez is our starting quarterback. Period. That’s it,” Johnson said. “He’s our starting quarterback. He’s going to be a good NFL player. Just like he’s been. There’s no reason to suspect that Mark will be any different this year than he’s been the last 10 years he’s played the game. He’s been a very consistent performer his whole career.”
Johnson said there’s no reason the trade for Tebow should be seen as a negative for Sanchez, or for anyone else with the Jets.
“I don’t see any negatives,” Johnson said. “I see all positives.”