After selecting West Virginia product Geno Smith in the second round of Friday’s NFL Draft, the Jets will push forward with four quarterbacks on their roster.
That’s right. Four quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, David Garrard join Smith on the depth chart at quarterback for New York.
Of course, it’s unlikely the Jets will open the 2013 season with that intact.
Who is the likely fall guy?
Well, Tebow’s release makes the most sense. The Jets still owe Denver money in regards to Tebow’s contract and he was nothing more than a distraction.
As poorly as Sanchez played last year, Tebow never received a substantial chance to supplant him as the starter. Clearly, that was an indictment on Tebow’s ability and lackthereof.
Here is the thing to remember with this. If the Jets are going to get rid of Sanchez and/or Tebow, they’d much rather do it via trade than release either one.
Releasing high-profile players can often cost money against the salary cap, which makes cutting someone far less appealing. A potential Sanchez release will cost New York north of $8 million after renegotiating his contract in March 2012.
Potentially, this four quarterback scenario could drag out for a bit if the Jets don’t find a suitable trade interest for Sanchez or Tabor.
Once again, the Jets are their own worse enemy.
Good luck, Geno. You’ll need it.