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Rex on Sanchez trade rumors: 'News to me'
While the interweb gets inundated with sourced stories of Mark Sanchez’s possible offseason exit from the Jets, Rex Ryan refused to fuel the speculation flames.
Asked on Thursday about rumors regarding the Jets’ interest in trading Sanchez – the former face of the franchise -- Ryan remained noncommittal.
“That didn’t come from me or anything else,” he said with a chuckle. “Anything that is dealing with the future past Buffalo, I think will be handled, obviously, after that. So whatever the decision will be will be handled then. It’s not something that I’m concerned with right now.
“We have two games to play in and that’s where my focus is. So that’s news to me.”
Doesn’t really sound like a ringing endorsement, huh?
“Whether it’s not a ringing endorsement or whatever, if that’s a true statement, it’s not a true statement, I have absolutely zero focus on that right now,” Ryan said. “My focus is on these two games that we have left. And that’s it.
“Everybody knows that I’ve been a support of Mark Sanchez. I think he’s got the skillset to be a good quarterback in this league and we’ve won a lot of games with him. But, again, that’s for another day. I think right now it’s about these two games for me.”
Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in 2009, was benched following a disastrous performance in their must-win Monday night game in Tennessee. His five turnovers in a 14-10 loss to the Titans eliminated the Jets from playoff contention. The next day, the team announced third-stringer Greg McElroy would be the starter against San Diego.
A league source told Newsday Wednesday night that "while trading Sanchez can't be ruled out, the team will consider all options during the off-season. No determination has been made."
Trade talks cannot begin until after the league trading period starts in March.