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Mark Sanchez—a former fifth overall pick and starting quarterback in two AFC Championship Games—obviously has the talent and ability to be a passable starter in the NFL. However, New York is no longer a place where that is likely to happen.
Similar to former teammate Wayne Hunter, the pressure of the New York media seems to have taken its toll on Sanchez. He is very nervous in the pocket and cannot seem to trust any of his decisions. He double-clutched touchdowns into interceptions multiple times this past season.
Hunter went to the St. Louis Rams for the 2012 season and got back to being a serviceable right tackle in a quiet media market. Sanchez needs a similar move. In a city where he is not expected to be a Pro Bowler and is not expected to win the Super Bowl, he can go back to being an average starting quarterback.
The Jets' new GM needs to find a way to move Sanchez and get back cap space. Sanchez is owed $8.75 million in guaranteed money for the 2013 season. He has no real value in New York at this point. The Jets will likely bring in a new starting quarterback, either through the draft or free agency. Greg McElroy is a quality backup, so having an $8.75 million player on the bench doing nothing would be a waste.
Sanchez could bring value to other franchises in need of a quarterback, so moving him to a new city would be a good thing. Giving him away for next to nothing would be a win for the Jets, since the cap savings are what matter.
If the new GM can move Sanchez before June 1, then the cap hit from the trade will apply only to 2013, meaning the Jets will be free and clear in 2014.
The Jets can also save a little extra by releasing or trading backup quarterback Tim Tebow.