New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez, NY Jets met at Combine

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez recently resumed throwing again, and he’s on pace to be healthy by the time training camp starts. In fact, he’s made so much progress that he could be ready for OTAs. But between now and then (the 25th of March, rather), the Jets have a decision to make when it comes to keeping or releasing their backup QB, who would be owed a $2 million roster bonus on the 25th. If the Jets and Sanchez can’t agree to a new deal, then he will be released before that roster bonus is triggered.

ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini reports that Sanchez’s representatives and the Jets met at the Combine in order to discuss his future with the team. Cimini writes that the talks are considered “preliminary”, so there were obviously no serious conclusions made. However, both sides will continue talking about a deal, and it’s clear that Sanchez would have to take a massive paycut. He’s simply not good enough to keep as a veteran backup and “insurance” policy to hopeful franchise QB Geno Smith when he’s making $9 million next season and even more each year until his contract runs out in 2017.

Barring a new deal, Sanchez’s time in New York will be over, and it will be interesting to see if some team does actually view him as a capable starting quarterback in this league. If Sanchez is indeed released, then the Jets are expected to sign Michael Vick as a stopgap option to Smith, and Vick is a better option than Sanchez despite his injury issues.

Cimini finishes the piece by writing that the Jets are expected to cut Sanchez and that there’s “growing speculation in league circles” that Vick could be the veteran replacement.

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  • Paul Newbold

    If Sanchez would take a huge cut in pay, the Jets neede to at least consider keeping him. As a back up to Smith, Sanchez provides competition to the position, a knowledge of the system and a bunch of the players on the starting roster. Vick on the other hand has stated he wants to be a starter wherever he lands, this is not the type of QB the Jets need to sign. At 33 yrs of age his legs are on the down side (he’s visibly slowed), his arm appears to remain strong, but he’s been a turn over machine for the past several years! Vick is not for the Jets!! I’m not a huge Sanchez fan, I didn’t care for the pick when they made it, but he’s shown he can win, he’s been more durable then Vick (Vick’s last two seasons ended early) and at the right price he could be a good back up quarter back. If they bring Vick in here, I might have to watch the G Men across town!! NO VICK IN NY PLEASE!!

    • Joe Soriano

      The durability is the biggest difference between Sanchez and Vick, and I think the Jets would prefer to keep Sanchez at a small price due to his knowledge of the system and durability. If Vick goes down again and Geno struggles, then it’s all Simms. Jets probably don’t want that.