In the span of five days, Mark Sanchez has fallen so far down the depth chart he isn’t sure if he’ll see action in the Jets final home game – let alone if he’ll return to the Jets in 2013.
Since his five-turnover performance in Monday night’s 14-10 loss to the Titans – a game the Jets desperately needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive – Sanchez has gone from starter to bench-warmer to, possibly, offseason trade material.
Chances are good that the former first-round pick, who is owed a guaranteed $8.25 million next year, will return next year. But Sanchez said he isn’t focused on whether he will – or wants – to remain with the Jets.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” he said Friday. “I’m focused on this game and the game next week and then we’ll assess all that stuff at a later date.”
On Tuesday, Ryan named third-stringer Greg McElroy the starter for Sunday’s game against San Diego – a move that signaled his lack of faith in both Sanchez and the much-hyped No. 2, Tim Tebow. The next day, a source confirmed the Jets were open to all options involving Sanchez, including trading or releasing him.
Asked if he wants to return to the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2009, Sanchez said: “You know, I really haven’t even thought about it.
"Honestly. I’m a Jet, that’s all I’ve known. So I’m just getting ready and helping Greg as much as I can.