Newly hired New York Jets general manager John Idzik has put QB Mark Sanchez on notice. Despite saying in a radio interview that he is “comfortable” with Mark Sanchez as a member of the Jets, he expects to bring in competition for Sanchez this offseason. Mr. Idzik told WFAN that the team has had preliminary and exploratory talks with another quarterback and this name might not make Jets fans too happy, Jamarcus Russell.
Yes, the player known as one of the greatest draft busts of all time is attempting a comeback in the NFL and the Jets have spoken with him. Reports last week suggest that Russell has slimmed down to a mere 308 pounds, off his high of a reported 320 pounds.Usherin the age of the mobile quarterback.
The Jets, prior to the hiring of Idzik, had stated that they might try to trade Sanchez this offseason. The franchise is likely to also attempt a trade of Tim Tebow or execute an outright release of the southpaw. Unfortunately for the Jets, the draft class and the expected free agent pool of quarterbacks available to the Jets this season does not provide for any significant upgrade at the quarterback position this season.
Furthering the problem surrounding the Jets is the salary cap situation former general manager Mike Tannenbaum left the team in. It’s understandable that Russell will likely sign a minimum deal but he is seriously not the answer for the Jets. The Jets should draft a quarterback in the draft and hope to develop him moving forward. New York will likely be saddled with Sanchez and his confiscatory contract this season and then move another direction in 2014.