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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 27-24.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)


Ha, Check It Out, the Jets Want to Trade Sanchez

Yesterday, we noted just how screwed the Jets were at the quarterback position not just this year, but also next year. (Big huge stupid bonuses to terrible starting quarterbacks will do that.) The Jets of course are fully aware of this, too, and have apparently come across a simple, easy solution: trade Mark Sanchez! Voilà! So easy!

The Daily News reported last night that now that the Jets have finally — finally! — accepted that, lo, Mark Sanchez is pretty awful, they're "exploring trade options." The News says the Jets are willing to pick up $5 million of Sanchez's $8.25 million salary and ... well, honestly, this is all about just trying to get rid of Sanchez while saving themselves $3 million or so. The problem is not just that Sanchez is a bad quarterback — though, man, that's totally the problem — but that if he's still around, the Jets won't be able to bring in a replacement, lest that person get all antsy that Sanchez is still hanging around.

That's apparently a legitimate concern. The drumbeats for Michael Vick — sure to be released by the Eagles the minute the season's over — have already begun, to the point that "sources close to Vick" say that he'd be down for coming to the Jets as long as Sanchez isn't around. We are down with this; the last thing we want to do is another big feature about a quarterback controversy.

But before the Jets start thinking about Vick, they have to get rid of Sanchez. (By the way, three days ago, Sanchez was still the "unquestioned" starter, and had in fact started every game his entire Jets career. Now they have to get rid of him AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Ah, the Jets.) Finding suitors for Sanchez will be, oh, let's call it a "challenge." The number of teams who need a quarterback — starting, backup, or clipboard-carrying — who plays the way Mark Sanchez has played the last two seasons is roughly zero, give or take zero. Never mind actually paying $3 million and giving up a draft pick for the privilege. But the Jets don't want him anymore, and don't want to pay him his full salary, so hey, sure, let's trade him. Sounds great! The problem is: The only team we can think of that's poor enough at quarterback evaluation to decide to trade for Mark Sanchez ... is the Jets.

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