Monday, April 29, 2013
How Tebow ouster impacts QB situation
By Rich Cimini
Now that Tim Tebow is gone, what happens to the rest of the gang?
Barring something unforeseen, Mark Sanchez is expected to remain on the roster until the preseason. He showed up for voluntary workouts Monday and, although he didn't have any formal discussions with the team about his future, he's operating under the assumption that he'll be in the quarterback competition, a source said.
Sanchez was thought to be a goner when the Jets selected Geno Smith in the second round -- and he still might be -- but GM John Idzik apparently will let it play out until the summer. Aside from the financial ramifications of cutting Sanchez -- an $8.25 million guaranteed base, plus $500,000 in workout bonuses -- the Jets don't want to cut the only durable and experienced quarterback on the roster until they're convinced they have viable alternatives.
Veteran David Garrard has missed the last two seasons because of back and knee surgery and Greg McElroy was injured last season (concussion) during his only career start. It would be a bit unusual to take five quarterbacks to training camp, but it's possible they could keep five for the spring, evaluating through the OTAs and minicamp.