Report: Jets' Sanchez part of trade talks with Bucs for Revis
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to draft a quarterback in the first round in 2009, they did a lot of homework on Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman.
Is it possible they could wind up with both?
According to a report by Mike Florio in Profootballtalk.com, the trade talks between the Jets and Tampa Bay for cornerback Darrelle Revis have included the possibility of the Bucs assuming Sanchez and his contract.
The Jets would love to unload the $8.25-million guaranteed salary for 2013. The thought is he would've been released by now if not for that obligation.
"At this point, all we know is that the subject has come up in the trade discussions. For now, it’s still merely a possibility,'' Florio said. "An intriguing possibility, but a possibility nevertheless.''
Sanchez with fifth overall to the Jets after a trade with the Browns. The Bucs traded up two spots to No. 17 to select Freeman.
While it seems unlikely the Bucs would want to take on that much salary dump by the Jets, there are a couple things to remember.
Dominik and then college scouting director Dennis Hickey had higher grades on Sanchez than Freeman in 2009, according to former personnel executive Doug Williams, who is now the head coach at Grambling State. He also has helped take the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games while Freeman still hasn't reached the post-season.
Acquiring Sanchez would accomplish Greg Schiano's goal of creating some increased competition for Freeman while providing an alternative should he falter during the season.
Sanchez struggled last season, throwing 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions with nine fumbles. He completed only 54.3% of his pass attempts.
Freeman set club records for passing yardage (4,065) and touchdown paases (27) but threw 17 interceptions, including 10 of those in three games.
Sanchez was expected to battle David Garrard and Greg McElroy for the Jets starting quarterback position this season.
The Bucs have not added any competition for Freeman and the NFL draft offers few prospects. Tampa Bay released, then re-signed backup Dan Orlovsky.