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You could probably write a dissertation on the issues surrounding the Jets quarterbacks, but one thing is clear: The Jets simply do not have a franchise quarterback on their roster who can help the team win in the long-term.
It appears as if Mark Sanchez will be on the roster for at least one more year, thanks to a $17 million cap penalty against the Jets if he is traded or released. However, for the first time since his rookie year, he will not enter training camp as the unquestioned starter.
Don't sell off your Tebow jerseys just yet; it was reported earlier in the week that the Jets will pursue a trade for Tebow, but they do not have plans to release him just yet (per ESPN's Adam Schefter). This is puzzling on many levels, as having such a big distraction on the team does no one good, but for now, we'll have to assume he is on the 2013 squad.
Greg McElroy lost his chance to be a starter with a dismal performance against the Chargers in Week 16, but he should be on the roster as a third quarterback at worst.
The Jets will likely find a quarterback in free agency or high in the draft to compete with Sanchez for the starting job, as GM John Idzik has strongly hinted (per the Daily News' Kevin Armstrong). At this point, it is just a matter of determining who they will bring in.
This year's draft class is considered to be rather weak, and none of the top prospects warrant the ransom the Redskins paid the Rams to move up to draft RGIII last year. Meanwhile, most of the free-agent quarterback market is comprised of former backups.
Still, there is no way the Jets can go into next season without making any significant changes at the quarterback position without running the risk of losing their locker room before the season even starts.