Geno Smith appears to have a firm grip on the starting job, which makes Mark Sanchez expendable. Could the New York Jets deal him, and if so where?
Firing a head coach after one season pretty much says the Cleveland Browns are interested in winning now. That is an understandable if illogical feeling to have considering it typically takes time to reverse the trend of a team that has become used to losing. However, if the Browns are serious about winning faster they might be better served going after a veteran quarterback than a rookie as most expect. Sanchez, despite what his detractors will say has plenty of experience and has won his share of games, playoff games at that. With a proper offensive line and the series of weapons Cleveland has in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, it would certainly be a nice place to land for Sanchez.
The same can be said of the Houston Texans. Obviously holding the first pick overall and the first pick in every round afford them a chance to take practically any quarterback of their choosing. On the other hand, like the Browns they have a keen interest in winning sooner than later. After all the Texans were Super Bowl favorites early in 2013 since they had made the playoffs the previous two years. Their roster is ready to make a run if they can just get the quarterback situation solved. Sanchez could be had relatively cheap compared to a first round rookie who would take time to develop.
Most fans of the Silver and Black will immediately reference the Matt Flynn trade for why their Oakland Raiders should avoid Mark Sanchez. It’s a fair argument but also one that must be put into context. Flynn had no starting experience when the Raiders traded for him. He’d been beaten out rather easily by Russell Wilson for the head job and aside from a few good games for the Packers was what he was, a solid backup. Sanchez was a starter for three years, went to two AFC championships and proved capable when adequately protected. The question at hand is whether he would be an upgrade over Terrelle Pryor or Matt McGloin.
Ken Whisenhunt hinted at the possibility of competition when he took over the Tennessee Titans and that means Jake Locker is by no means safe as the starter. The team could go after a rookie in the 2014 draft or add another veteran alongside Ryan Fitzpatrick to really push the youngster. The New York Jets would be smart to offer up Sanchez, at a fair price of course. Tennessee boasts a strong offensive line and some quality receivers to work with. If given the opportunity Sanchez could beat out the talented but woefully inconsistent Locker for the job.