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Jets shopping Mark Sanchez is laughable

December, 20, 2012
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Just in time for the holiday season, the New York Jets are offering a hot lump of coal for the extremely steep price of $8.25 million.

Any takers?

The Jets are hoping for a miracle by reportedly trying to trade former starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Not only has Sanchez regressed significantly the past two seasons, but he’s guaranteed to make $8.25 million in salary and most likely will cash in on a $500,000 workout bonus in the offseason. That’s nearly $9 million going to a quarterback who has committed 50 turnovers since 2011 and was benched this week in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy.

This is yet another laughable move by those zany Jets. When they call other teams this offseason, the conversation will last about two seconds with a response of "Stop wasting my time, Rex."

The Jets made their bed this past March by inexplicably signing Sanchez to a $58.25 million extension. But the Jets cannot simply pass the buck to someone else. It’s not that easy.

New York must live with this mistake and move forward with Sanchez -- either as next year’s starter or a very expensive clipboard holder. The only other option is the Jets cutting Sanchez and taking on a reported $17.1 million cap hit.

Those are the two realistic choices for the Jets. Trading Sanchez is not an option.
New York Jets backup running back Joe McKnight (ankle) made a return to practice on Friday. It turns out he will play in Sunday’s rivalry game against the New England Patriots.

This is significant because McKnight’s availability could mean fewer opportunities at running back for Tim Tebow. The Jets have been hinting that Tebow, a converted quarterback, could get some carries at tailback this week against New England.

The idea came out of necessity since McKnight and fellow running back Bilal Powell missed most of practice leading up to Sunday's game. But McKnight will spell starter Shonn Greene as the No. 2 tailback. It remains to be seen if Tebow will still get carries at tailback behind Greene and McKnight.

Here are the inactives for New England and New York:

Jets: QB Greg McElroy, RB Bilal Powell, G Caleb Schlauderaff, DT Kenrick Ellis, WR Clyde Gates, DT Sione Pouha, S Eric Smith

Patriots: RB Brandon Bolden, LB Tracy White, S Patrick Chung, G Logan Mankins, DE Jake Bequette, S Steve Gregory, DE Ron Brace

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