As Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to disappoint many are wondering why the Jets keep starting him and even a better question why won’t they just cut him?  Well it turns out that cutting Sanchez would cost them big time.  Read more after the jump.

Shay Marie

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will be nearly impossible to trade in the offseason because of the $8.25 million in guaranteed money he’s due next year. It’s also almost impossible to imagine the Jets just releasing Sanchez.

Rich Cimini of reports that the Jets would swallow a $17.1 million cap charge if they released Sanchez. So they’d essentially have to pay Sanchez to be a quality starter, and eat a salary cap equivalent to an elite starter. And they’d get nothing in return.

The Jets could decide to spread that $17.1 million over two seasons ($12.35 million in 2013 and $4.8 million in 2014), but the cap hit is just outrageous. Trading Sanchez could lessen the charge, but it’s hard to imagine any team taking on Sanchez unless the Jets chipped in to pay a large portion of Sanchez’s contract.

The quarterback drama continues for the embattled team as QB Greg McElroy has also entered the discussion.  He took over as Sanchez was benched last week and scored the Jets only touchdown giving them a 7-6 win over the Cardinals.  However despite that the Jets elected to activate Tim Tebow during the Jets game against the Jaguars today and make McElroy inactive.  Truly questionable moves on the Jets part.