The Jets owe quarterback Mark Sanchez $8.25 million in 2013, whether he’s on the team or not.
Suddenly, “or not” is becoming a viable option.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that, with the selection of quarterback Geno Smith, the Jets will now consider releasing Sanchez.
It makes sense. Apart from the fact that half of the six quarterbacks on the roster eventually will have to go, the Jets need to pick a lane and stay in it. If Sanchez starts, Smith will always be looming. If Smith starts, Sanchez’s ability to adjust to being a backup will always be scrutinized.
The decision to pick Smith could mean that it’s time for the Jets to grab the Sanchez Band-Aid and rip it off. In one fast, painful motion.
Doing so would trigger a significant cap charge. Even with a post-June 1 designation, Sanchez would count for $12.353 million ($12.853 million if he gets his workout bonus) and $4.8 million in 2014.