Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tebow, Sanchez Could Be Traded

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tebow, Sanchez Could Be Traded

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez is no longer the face of the New York Jets. He could soon be a former member of the team.

And Tim Tebow might even beat him out the door.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday the Jets will consider all of their options regarding both quarterbacks in the offseason. That means Sanchez and Tebow are in limbo and trades cannot be ruled out.

The person, who requested anonymity because the team's personnel plans are private, said the Jets have not made any determinations involving Sanchez or Tebow.

The Jets could be hard-pressed to trade or cut Sanchez, who is due $8.25 million in guarantees next season after having his contract extended in the spring.

But there are no such complications with Tebow, who likely will be traded or released after just one disappointing season in New York. Tebow has two years remaining on his contract, but would cost the Jets only a little more than $1 million against the salary cap if cut.

"Anything dealing with the future past Buffalo [the regular- season finale] will be handled after that," coach Rex Ryan said.

The futures of Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano also are uncertain.

Parting ways with Tebow, the immensely popular but little-used backup, appears a certainty, though, after he came to New York amid lots of hype but had little impact. The final indication Tebow will not be part of the Jets future came when Ryan went with Greg McElroy, the third-stringer, to start at quarterback instead of him Sunday against San Diego.

"Sometimes, things just happen out of your control," Tebow said Wednesday. "Obviously, you might not be pleased with them or happy about it, but you just try to handle it as best you can."

There are several complications that could lead to Sanchez actually sticking around in New York -- whether it's as a backup or starter. …

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