endzoneview wrote:Despite the early cracker jack knee jerk responses in the media and forums regarding this move, the Jets really had to make it.
Sanchez obviously regressed last year, that last month ruined a promising season. That's not debatable. The Jets are gambling that he improves in the next two years with this extension, BUT....
Sanchez had two years left on his pre-rookie cap deal with crazy $17.5M+ due.
This extension does a couple things, mainly free up $6.5M in cap space this year. In exchange, he's guaranteed $20M the next two seasons, $2.5M more than he was already getting and the Jets get him under contract for three years.
So not much has changed for the next two seasons. Sanchez or bust. If he bust, Rex, Tanny and Sanchez are gone in 2014. If he improves, we have him under contract through his age 30 season.
And finally, I don't know how they are calculating that he's the 7th highest paid. I'd be curious how that was determined.
^^ That makes more sense. Cap room
And fwiw in just checking for Rugger, Sanchez was 5th highest paid QB in 2011 - so this deal actually (as 'view just pointed out) - lowers his salary and gives the Jets a bit more room. Reason he was 5th highest paid in 2011? He hit escalators and was one of the last of the mega paid high Rnd 1 drafted QBs and was on $13.5m. Only Manning, Bradford, Brady & Vick earned more than Sanchez last year @QB which surprised me.
And thats according to Forbes - and all the other references ive cross checked marry. Noone disagrees, which is odd in the media when it comes to cap issues.
I dont watch many Jets games - save for when we play them (BUF) and im in full blown partisan mode (hence having no bias in this as i cant fairly judge) so would sanchez make progress with more of an infusion of talent at WR, the running game or something else?
With the vote of confidence im guessing weapons are forthcoming for him?