- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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The Jets list of potential quarterbacks lost another contender today when Tarvaris Jackson resigned with the Bills. Instead of potentially competing with Mark Sanchez for the Jets starting job, Jackson will compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the job in the frozen north of the AFC East.
New Jets general manager John Idzik has said he expects Sanchez to compete for his old job with someone, but the list of experienced quarterbacks is getting shorter. Michael Vick resigned with the Eagles. Other contenders include expensive candidates like San Francisco’s Alex Smith or Seattle’s Matt Flynn, who are not free agents in 2013, or a more affordable Matt Moore, who will be a free agent.
The Jets could also look to the draft, or more of a wildcard player. Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is currently working out in New Jersey and eyeing a potential comeback, and Vincent Young has worked with a quarterback guru trying to get his game back into shape. Those last two candidates are likely to be cheap given their recent histories, but would complicate the dynamic of getting the team back to the AFC Championship and the success the Jets enjoyed in Sanchez’s first two years.