Friday, April 12, 2013

Sanchez could be part of Revis trade between Jets and Bucs

The Darrelle Revis trade talks between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers just got really interesting on Friday and it sounds like Mark Sanchez could be the catalyst for the deal to go through.

The website Pro Football Talk reported the two teams have discussed including Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in the deal. This would be a big surprise, considering Sanchez’s contract and that the Bucs already have Josh Freeman at quarterback. Sanchez is due to make a guaranteed base salary of $8.25 and he is a $12.8 million salary cap hit. The Jets would likely have to eat some of that money to unload Sanchez, though.

Tampa Bay is already looking at a pretty big price tag for Revis, who is seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $15 million per year. That deal could be structured in a way to minimize his cap hit in 2013, but it is still a lot of money to take on if Sanchez is included.

If the Jets did make the move, it would mean they are seriously considering taking a quarterback with the No. 9 overall pick. West Virginia's Geno Smith is considered the top quarterback in this draft. Sanchez has underachieved in the last two seasons and lost his starting job at the end of last season.

Any trade involving Revis is expected to be done the week before the draft so the Buccaneers get time to have their doctors examine Revis.

The Buccaneers already have Freeman at quarterback — taken 12 picks after Sanchez in the 2009 Draft — but head coach Greg Schiano is reportedly "not on board" with underachieving signal caller.

There has been speculation that the Jets may try to include backup quarterback Tim Tebow in the Revis deal, but there is little evidence of that ever happening.

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