The likely candidate might not even be Tim Tebow.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the discussions between the Jets and Bucs have included the possibility of the Buccaneers assuming the contract of quarterback Mark Sanchez...He has a guaranteed base salary of $8.25 million for 2013. If the Jets could unload that obligation, they’d surely jump at the chance.
While Tebow heading to the Bucs is also a possibility, the inclusion of Sanchez in a deal would send tidal waves through the franchise and New York media world, potentially opening up discussion about the selection of a QB in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
The Jets signed David Garrard off the streets to compete with Sanchez and Greg McElroy this offseason, but Rex Ryan maintained that the incumbent would get the first snaps in the competition for the starting job (via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News).
If Sanchez heads to the Bucs and Tebow is a salary cap casualty (his expected outcome if no trade is agreed upon), expect New York to look long and a hard at a QB in the draft—especially if it has picks No. 9 and No. 13 (the latter being Tampa Bay's current slot) on draft night.
Most teams aren't going to jump at the chance to add either Tebow or Sanchez after their latest showings, but avoiding sending multiple draft picks in a potential deal could push the Jets much closer to swinging a deal involving Revis.
The move to both dump Sanchez's salary and get equal return for Revis would be a welcome development for a struggling Jets franchise as they try to rise from the ashes of a 6-10 season.
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