Although New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan would not comment on whether injured quarterback Mark Sanchez would remain a member of the team next year, it appears the organization will cut ties with its former starter.
According to NFL.com, keeping Sanchez, even as a backup, may not be economically wise. Between his salary, bonuses, and miscellaneous pay, Sanchez could make as much as $13.1 million against the cap in 2014.
The Jets could get away with paying him only $4.8 million if they unload him by June 1, which insiders say will likely happen.
Sanchez had season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday, Oct. 8, to repair an injury suffered against the Giants in Week 3 of the preseason. Ryan faced criticism for playing Sanchez in the fourth quarter, when he was tackled hard by the Marvin Austin.
Sanchez was expected to return while rookie Geno Smith took over duties under center.
During a press conference Thursday, Ryan said he expects Sanchez to recover and resume his career, but would not comment on whether that would be in New York.
"I don't want to get into that," Ryan said. "...our thing is doing what's best for Mark, which would be to get him healthy."
Sanchez is signed through 2016.
Heathly or not, keeping Sanchez could only muddy the waters in a system that is all but no centered on developing Smith.
With backups Brady Quinn and Matt Simms in place, the Jets signed veteran David Garrard to their exempt list. That means the Jets will keep Garrard for two weeks in case they need to activate him. At 35, Garrard has not taken a snap since 2010 as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jets (3-2) are at home Sunday against the Steelers (0-5).