New York Jets Owner Says Team Will Not Release Mark Sanchez For 2013 NFL Season

The New York Jets are a hot mess. Actually, the 2013 Jets could be described as much worse, but my vocabulary has decreased over the past few years, so I will stick with hot mess. With a lame duck head coach in Rex Ryan, a quarterback competition that leaves much to be desired and an overall lack of talent and depth on a roster that may leave them fighting for last place in a watered down AFC East, New York is a far cry from the team that came so close to reaching the Super Bowl just a few years back. The 2013 Jets are not going to contend for any postseason berth this season, but rather have a much better shot at striking it rich by finishing with the worst record and the right to select South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Of course, the way this franchise is going, they would probably be more likely to screw up yet another NFL Draft and select the arrogant and immature – albeit talented – Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. He may be flashy, but he will quickly work his way right out of the NFL with his stupidity and overall poor attitude.

Speaking of quarterbacks, the Jets are staring at a long season when they take a look at what is awaiting under center for them beginning in Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a rookie signal caller in Geno Smith. Whether or not Smith turns out to be an upgrade over Mark Sanchez remains to be seen, but the Jets owner is not quite ready to officially part ways the former No. 5 overall pick from the USC Trojans.

But, in similar fashion to how Johnson has dealt with Ryan, while he may not be ready to release Sanchez, he has to know that he is not the answer to any of the team’s problems either.

“Mark will be on the team, I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Johnson. “He’s a very, very good quarterback. Franchise quarterback, you can debate the term. There’s a competition for the job, and he’s still in the competition.”

Well, the competition has been temporarily halted with Sanchez’s injury, leading to Smith earning the nod against the Bucs on Sunday. Expected to still miss at least another week or two of action, Sanchez is scheduled to make over $8 million in the 2013 NFL season. That money is guaranteed. And while the rest of the NFL community knew as soon as they signed the extension with Sanchez that it was a horrible deal, Johnson will soon figure it out as well, leading to his inevitable release following the upcoming season.

 

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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.