Looks like the New York Jets are trying to unload cornerback Darrelle Revis and clean up cap space by moving quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez's guaranteed $8.25 million salary is just one of several contracts choking the Jets salary cap space next season, and New York could include him in a deal with Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Pro Football Talk.
That same report suggested Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano wasn’t entirely sold on current starter Josh Freeman, and that Schiano may be intrigued by working with Sanchez.
The addition of Sanchez in the trade would leave New York with quarterbacks Tim Tebow, David Garrard, Matt Simms, and Greg McIlroy on the roster.
The Jets currently have $12 million in cap space, but are rumored to be in the middle of another rebuilding situation. Any additional space would certainly speed up that process.
Since guiding New York to two straight AFC title games in his first two years, Sanchez has gone 14-17 as a starter, throwing 39 touchdowns to 36 interceptions. Last season was perhaps the worst for Sanchez statistically since his rookie season, indicating he regressed once Tim Tebow came to town.
As for Revis, the Buccaneers are certainly interested, but initially disagreed with New York’s demands for a first round pick this year, as opposed to one in the 2014 draft.
Should the Buccaneers give in, that gives New York two of the first 13 overall picks in this year’s draft. The Bucs hold the No. 13 overall pick, and the Jets the ninth.
Revis, 27, is still recovering from a torn ACL that kept him out of 14 games last season. He is reportedly asking to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL at $16 million or more a season, a price the Jets are unwilling to meet.