Forget about trading Tim Tebow, the New York Jets are reportedly planning to trade quarterback Mark Sanchez at the end of the season.
The beleaguered former USC standout has struggled throughout the season, and the Jets will look to move him and possibly bring in currently sidelined Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
The Jets are also exploring the option of releasing Tebow at the end of the season, as reported by ESPN.
New York head coach Rex Ryan is apparently enamored with Vick, who took a lot of hits behind a weak Eagles' offensive line this season, and it is believed Philadelphia will release him at the end of the year.
A move for Vick could help a Jets offense that has averaged 13.3 points over their last four games, and ranks 30th in passing. Vick has been one of the most talented, and versatile players to enter the league in the past 20 years, but Ryan and the Jets staff said they would employ Tebow in new and exciting ways, and they have failed thus far.
Vick also had his troubles this season, but much blame was placed on an Eagles offensive line that has given up 42 sacks. He could also be an expensive signing for the Jets, who would have to eat much of the $8.25 million Sanchez is owed should they trade him, according to The News.
Fans and the media have criticized Sanchez all season, but after Monday night’s five turnover performance in New York’s 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans it appears the Jets organization is finally adhering to all the noise.
Ryan has now benched Sanchez in favor of second-year quarterback Greg McElroy for Sunday’s matchup with the San Diego Chargers.
That move angered Tebow, who was listed as the second-stringer, and sparked speculation that he would ask for a release or trade at the end of the year.