Citing "a source with knowledge of the situation", ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday that trade talks between the Jets and Tampa Bay -- the sole suitor for the recuperating Darrelle Revis -- "have included the possibility of the Buccaneers assuming the contract of quarterback Mark Sanchez."
A source confirmed during the season that the Jets were open to the possibility of trading or releasing the struggling quarterback in the offseason, but the three-year contract extension given to him by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum has proven to be a major roadblock.
Sanchez is set to earn $8.25 million guaranteed in 2013.
Of course, it makes sense that new Jets GM John Idzik would try to unload his hefty contract. However, a person familiar with Sanchez's situation told Newsday Friday that "there's nothing to it," when asked about the report. The source also added that he expected Sanchez to be back with the Jets this season.
It's been a quick and steep decline for the former fifth-overall pick, who helped lead the Jets to AFC title game appearances in 2009, as a rookie, and again in 2010. Sanchez struggled in epic fashion last season, throwing just 13 touchdowns to 18 interceptions. He also completed just 54.3 percent of his passes, and briefly lost his starting job, while the Jets limped to a 6-10 finish.
Idzik didn't want to discuss Revis' future with the team in his introductory news conference back in January. But the the GM made it clear Sanchez would remain on the team in 2013 and compete for the starting QB job.
Sanchez, meanwhile, has spent much of the offseason getting acclimated to the West Coast Offense, in hopes of being up-to-speed with new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg when he reports to Florham Park.