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Cromartie says Sanchez needs more offensive talent

MISS: Signing Mark Sanchez to a contract extension

MISS: Signing Mark Sanchez to a contract extension in March
That's $8.25 million guaranteed next season for a potential backup. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Antonio Cromartie isn’t in favor of trading Darrelle Revis – or getting rid of Mark Sanchez.

The key, Cromatie said, is getting Sanchez more offensive help.

“We have confidence in Mark,” the Pro Bowl corner told Friday in Hawaii. “Like I’ve always said, even with the whole (Tim) Tebow thing, if we're going to sign Mark to a three-year extension, we need to make sure we put guys around him.

"If he has good, veteran players around him -- ones that know how to practice and compete at a high level every day -- then you'll have a better quarterback. But when you don't have a supporting cast around him, you're going to get an average or below-average quarterback. That's what we got."

Cromartie was very outspoken regarding calls for a QB change this past season. When asked about fans who were clamoring for Tebow to start, the cornerback said matter-of-factly: “They can kiss my ass. Mark is our quarterback.”

It isn’t the first time a Jets player has said the issue is more offensive weapons.

Revis told Newsday in August that he wasn’t sure the Jets front office did everything in its power to help Sanchez. And on baggy day, the injured cornerback made it clear the Jets need more offensive talent.

“You just need to evaluate [the team] this offseason and try to get some playmakers in here," he said, on Dec. 31. “I think you need playmakers to win games. That's just straight football talk.”

Under former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the Jets offense finished 30th overall and averaged 17.6 points per game. 

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