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Ryan “absolutely” would like to have Sanchez back

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez remains under contract with the Jets.  With a $9 million base salary, a $2 million roster bonus due in late March, and 2013 second-rounder Geno Smith leading the team to an unlikely 8-8 record, it’s unlikely Sanchez will be back in 2014.

But coach Rex Ryan says he prefers that the team find a way to keep Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Let’s just let it play out,” Ryan said Thursday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  “I always want guys back. . . .  [Would] I want him back?  Absolutely.  Would I want all my guys back?  You guys know my answer.  You know how I feel about my players.  That’s just the way it is.”

With at least one unnamed coach declaring Sanchez would be said unnamed coach’s starting quarterback from Day One, it’s hard to imagine Sanchez taking less money or accepting a backup role.  And while Sanchez remains the exclusive property of the Jets, its would be naive to assume that any team interested in making him the starter hasn’t found a way to make that known to Sanchez’s agents.

Even if there’s no team that wants Sanchez as a starter, he’ll be with the Jets only if he does a contract that pays him to be the presumed backup to Geno Smith.  And maybe Rex would like that outcome.

Especially since it would mean that he wouldn’t have to change the jersey number on his tattoo.

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35 Responses to “Ryan “absolutely” would like to have Sanchez back”
  1. nfl4days says: Feb 20, 2014 5:18 PM

    Pretty expensive ball boy.

  2. ingraven says: Feb 20, 2014 5:19 PM

    Translation: He won’t be back.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 20, 2014 5:19 PM

    Why?

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 20, 2014 5:19 PM

    I thought you said Bill Belichick was a laugh riot – but Rex wanting “Sanchise” back is way more funny.

  5. ariani1985 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:20 PM

    Come to green bay, we have a soft quarterback on the decline.

  6. rubenxx7 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:25 PM

    Because Rex knows Geno will get him fired.

  7. therealraider says: Feb 20, 2014 5:26 PM

    Wouldn’t Surprise me if Ryan had a #6 Tramp Stamp.

  8. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 20, 2014 5:27 PM

    Ryan would like to have Sanchez back..ing up another QB on a different team

  9. davikes says: Feb 20, 2014 5:27 PM

    Rex checked into having the tattoo removed and found out how much that would hurt.

  10. branbeezy says: Feb 20, 2014 5:28 PM

    Here we go again…

  11. mrbigass says: Feb 20, 2014 5:33 PM

    Tattoo justification………

  12. s0merand0mguy says: Feb 20, 2014 5:36 PM

    Rex Ryan is a horrible coach. Why do the jets keep crushing the hope out of every season? What exactly has Rex changed? Nothing.. He is a creature of habbit a.k.a bad HC. Rex should be a coordinator NOT a HC.

  13. weepingjebus says: Feb 20, 2014 5:40 PM

    I’ve been saying it since the start of last season, these two are going nowhere. The football gods will never break up America’s greatest comedy duo.

  14. jayrandle says: Feb 20, 2014 5:42 PM

    Prove it Rex…

    Show your commitment…

    Maybe get a tattoo of Sanchez…

    That will prove it.

  15. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 20, 2014 5:55 PM

    He just doesn’t get it.

  16. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Feb 20, 2014 5:57 PM

    Rexy still just LOVES Mark’s footwork!

  17. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Feb 20, 2014 6:09 PM

    The man just won’t learn…

  18. packerbackernj says: Feb 20, 2014 6:10 PM

    Laser tattoo removal hurts.

  19. ez4u2sa says: Feb 20, 2014 6:13 PM

    Not buying this for a minute. Even Rex can see this guy is a loser. He’s only saying this in case he gets stuck with him.

  20. kevo95 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:14 PM

    Really WOW

  21. myworldurjuslivinit says: Feb 20, 2014 6:26 PM

    what was omitted was one small but meaningful word…”up”

  22. craigkintexas says: Feb 20, 2014 6:39 PM

    Freeman and Sanchez would be great projects for Harbaugh in San Fran. Bet they go for minimum salaries too.

  23. redonohue says: Feb 20, 2014 6:50 PM

    Not going to happen and Rex knows it. What Ryan hasn’t learned yet is that he doesn’t have to have an oppositional response to every proposition made by a reporter when he feels the attempt is to elicit information. He thinks he’s being supportive when he’s pouring gasoline on a hot coal. Just say, “nothing’s resolved yet,” and don’t add another word. He’s an arrested adolescent in controversial moments.

  24. aldante66 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:56 PM

    Its easy to say how much he loves the guy knowing his days of playing for the Jets are over, no more butt fumbles.

  25. backdapack4evr says: Feb 20, 2014 7:19 PM

    Clown town!!

  26. zeke2517 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:34 PM

    Haters. Everyone knows he won’t be back, but that doesn’t stop you from making up some tired old tale about a “circus” coming to town. Your really let lazy bloggers control your minds like that? Do you actually watch football or do you just decide what you want to think and then repeat it over and over?

  27. parinoid1 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:37 PM

    And This is why Rex should have been Gone Years Ago,,,, LOL

  28. george1859 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:40 PM

    It’ll be cheaper just to go on one of those tattoo fix shows..

  29. dfco74 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:40 PM

    Bottom line after his first two seasons he had as many wins as the next Johnny Unitas Andy luck. The only difference is sanchez had four playoff wins luck has one.

  30. zinn22 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:01 PM

    I am sure Ryan would like to see Sanchez next year but only if he was playing against his defense. He could start backups and still get a shutout.

  31. bryantrulen says: Feb 20, 2014 9:16 PM

    You Could tell by Rex’s tone of voice and the way he was wording his answers when asked about Mark that the decision to release him has already been made by Idzik and Co. He couldnt even try to hide it

  32. therooneyskilledwebster says: Feb 20, 2014 9:23 PM

    …but he’ll settle for his feet.

  33. longislandblitz says: Feb 21, 2014 9:52 AM

    Mark Sanchez will never wear a Jets jersey again,Jets sadly gave up on him and ruined his carrer along time ago.I always felt that he coulda been good if we had the right players around him

  34. windsor9101 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:21 PM

    Yes he could start for the Jaguars, so could many castoffs. He’ll be a backup in Seattle sporting his hair bands while holding a clipboard.

  35. davemvh says: Feb 22, 2014 7:44 AM

    why dont rexie and markie just rent a cabana at fire island and get it over with.

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