By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Jets acquired rookie Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft this past weekend.
Smith was considered to be the Jets starting quarterback, replacing disgruntled Mark Sanchez. However, now it appears like, Sanchez will be with the Jets through at least through the preseason.
According to Newsday, Sanchez will get the opportunity to compete with Smith for the starting job. New General Manager John Idzik took the same approach with the Seattle Seahawks last season when he had Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn on the roster after drafting Russell Wilson in the third round.
Wilson beat out both Jackson and Flynn for the starting job, and was one of the best rookies in the NFL last season. Idzik will hope that he can work his magic again and Smith can beat out Sanchez for the job.
While Jackson was able to be shipped to the Buffalo Bills in late August for a late round pick, it is going to be harder for the Jets to trade Sanchez. He is due $8.25 million this season and $9 million dollars in 2014, and $10.75 million in 2016.
A new team, who would take a risk on Sanchez, would acquire him to be the backup. Then, would immediately have to re-work his deal.
He hasn’t requested to be released or traded after Smith was drafted, so he’s going to let things play out. Head coach Rex Ryan has said that Sanchez will get first-team snaps tomorrow when Jets OTA’s start.
But the person infamous for the “butt fumble” could be released after June 1.
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