Mark Sanchez Buccaneers

Mark Sanchez Buccaneers,  The Jets may have looked into the possibility of unloading Mark Sanchez – and his hefty contract – to the Buccaneers as part of a potential trade involving Darrelle Revis.

Although ProFootballTalk.com reported on Friday that Sanchez was discussed as a possible piece to a deal involving Revis, one source familiar with the situation told the Daily News that the quarterback isn’t likely to be included in a trade with Tampa Bay.

A second source familiar with the situation said he was unaware of Sanchez being a part of recent trade discussions with the Buccaneers.

Sanchez, who committed 26 turnovers for the second consecutive season, is scheduled to earned a guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013 with a nearly $13 million salary cap charge.

Although the Buccaneers have more than $30 million in available salary cap space for the upcoming season, they would lose a good chunk of that by absorbing Sanchez’s contract and giving Revis a new long-term deal. Tampa would presumably have to dole out a less attractive quality draft pick compensation package if asked to take Sanchez off the Jets’ hands.

Sanchez, who won four road playoff games in the first two years of his career before committing a league-high 52 turnovers in the last two, would provide viable competition for inconsistent Bucs’ starter Josh Freeman. Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano reportedly isn’t convinced that Freeman, who was taken 12 spots after Sanchez in the first round of the 2009 draft, is a true franchise quarterback even though much of the rest of the organization is confident in the signal caller.

The Jets would still take a significant cap hit if they trade Sanchez, who has four years remaining on his contract.

Rex Ryan and new general manager John Idzik have maintained this off-season that Sanchez will have to compete for the starting job. Veteran David Garrard, who was signed in the offseason after not taking a regular-season snap in two seasons, and Greg McElroy are expected to provide that competition. The Jets also may add a quarterback in the draft.


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