Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Darrelle Revis are probably the three biggest names on the New York Jets roster. There is a chance, though, that none of those players will be with the club in Week 1.
Since the 2012 regular season ended, New York has discussed dealing their two quarterbacks and star cornerback. Sanchez and Revis both have one year left on their contracts, while Tebow is signed for two more seasons.
Sanchez’s hefty 2013 price tag, and Revis's demands for a new contract have put both players at the center of trade rumors. The latest reports have the two lifelong Jets potentially being moved together in the same deal.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have discussed the possibility of acquiring both Sanchez and Revis. Tampa Bay has been the No.1 suitor for Revis, but the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement. In order to make a trade work, the Buccaneers might have to absorb Sanchez’s contract.
Sanchez is guaranteed to make $8.25 million in 2013, coming off a season in which he threw 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. It’s unknown whether or not the Buccaneers would give Sanchez a chance to start. Josh Freeman is still under contract in Tampa Bay.
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While the two teams have discussed a trade, one may not take place any time soon. ESPN New York reports that talks between the Jets and Buccaneers have been put on hold.
The Jets don’t appear to be involved in any ongoing talks with NFL teams about Tebow, but that isn’t by choice. New York reportedly wants to trade the backup, but hasn’t been able to find a team that is looking to deal for him.
If New York can’t find a club that’s willing to acquire Tebow, they’ll likely make him a free agent. The Jets are expected to grant Tebow his release if they can’t move him by the NFL Draft.
Revis, Tebow and Sanchez all arrived for Jets’ voluntary workouts. If the Jets get rid of Tebow and Sanchez, Greg McElroy and newly signed David Garrard would compete for the starting job.