With all signs pointing to the Jets releasing Mark Sanchez this offseason, ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini decided to gauge the pulse of former teammates (and a few others) to see if it’s the right move.
And the survey says … duh.
“Nothing against Mark, but his time in New York is over,” said Tony Richardson, who played with Sanchez in 2009 and 2010. “For Mark and the organization, it’s time for a fresh start. He deserves a fresh start. It would be hard to put people in the stands if you go back to the table with Mark.”
Bart Scott believes keeping Sanchez and Geno Smith on the roster would create unneeded tension in the locker room. Instead, he’d like to see Gang Green pursue the equally embattled Matt Schaub, who may be cut by the Texans.
“Sanchez has to be the star because he’s still in his prime,” Scott said. “Schaub understands where he’s at in his career. He’s a gate keeper. Sanchez thinks he can play for another eight, nine years. That creates a tension.”
Even former Jets tight end Anthony Becht, who never played a down with Sanchez, feels it’s time to unload him one way or another.
“It’s time to move on. If somebody wants him in a trade, fine. If not, just cut him,” he said.
The sentiment is the same to CBS color commentator Rich Gannon, who acknowledged that Sanchez’s $13.1 million cap charge makes the decision a no-brainer.
“I can’t imagine Mark Sanchez will be back with this team,” Gannon said. “A lot of players go through it. I had to go somewhere and get a new start. … I don’t think he’ll want to come back and be a backup and I don’t think you can run him out as a starter. I think his cap number will prevent him from being part of this team.”
So there you have it. It’s nothing that hasn’t already been discussed ad nauseum, but further proof of the consensus surrounding the Jets.
Sanchez has said he’d like to remain in New York — he’s signed for three more seasons — but it’d be an upset of gigantic proportions if the team didn’t move on. At this point, it’d be in the best interest of both sides.