The Jets’ decision to spend a second-round draft pick on quarterback Geno Smith did not come as a surprise to incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, as the team was in contact with him today to let him know that was a possibility.
But that doesn’t mean Sanchez knows what his future is — or whether he has a future — with the Jets.
Nick Sanchez, Mark’s brother who serves as his agent, told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that the Jets were talking to Sanchez all day because they wanted him to know that another quarterback could be coming. But what the Jets haven’t told Sanchez is whether they want him to take a pay cut, whether they will try to trade him, or whether they might cut him despite still owing him $8.5 million guaranteed this season.
When Paolantonio asked Nick Sanchez if his brother/client wants to stay with the Jets, Nick answered, “I haven’t asked him that question yet. He will comment at a later time.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan has said that Mark Sanchez will take the first snap of the Jets’ first practice, and that anything after that will be a matter of competition at the position. But now it’s fair to wonder if Sanchez will even be there to take that first snap.