New York Jets and Mark Sanchez have had a rocky relationship and in the next few days we will see a decision made one way or another on his future, but what should the Jets do?
This scenario would not have seemed possible in the early days of Sanchez's Jets career after he helped the team to back to back AFC Championship Games in his first two seasons.
However, his following seasons have not been impressive. Put that together with his high salary and lack of progression and you can see why the Jets are thinking about letting him go.
As much as this may seem like the sane thing to do, maybe just maybe Sanchez has a trick up his sleeve.
Contracted to the Jets for another two seasons, the signal-caller recently told TMZ Sports that he is looking forward to getting back after shoulder surgery and fight for the starting quarterback job.
"I do love the West Coast, but I'm a Jet for 2 more years at least on my contract," Sanchez said. "I love being there. I love New York. I've had a ball there.
"Shoulder feels great, already throwing and I'll be ready to go here soon,"
He did add though that he knows the Jets management are looking to make a decision on his future either way in the next few days.
"I know management has some decisions to make in the next few days so we'll see. Whatever happens, it will be great."
Sanchez has had a mixed career with the Jets that is echoed by the stats that he has put up during his time with Gang Green.
But here are some important things to think about.
Sanchez has won big games with the Jets and he knows what to do in the play-offs.
Now add to the mix a quality receiver like Eric Decker and maybe another one in James Jones, and you've actually got weapons for Sanchez to use for the first time.
The Jets should only release Sanchez from the remaining two years of his contract if they have a quality and viable replacement that can compete for the top QB job with Geno Smith.
In his first two seasons, Sanchez won four road play-off games as he guided the Jets with solid clutch performances.
However, those performances were matched with a shocking passer rating stats of 63.0 and 75.3 for the 2009 and 2010 regular seasons respectively.
His passer rating went up in 2011 but at the expense of the Jets failing to get a winning record as they missed out on the play-offs.
2012 was a similar story and a should injury forced him to miss the entire 2013 NFL season.
Only time will tell on whether the Jets will keep him, so watch this space.
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