Mark Sanchez is the former face of the franchise. He could soon be a former member of the New York Jets.
The team will consider all its options regarding the beleaguered and benched quarterback in the offseason, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press Thursday.
The person said that the Jets have not made any determinations involving Sanchez.
That means his status is in limbo and a trade cannot be ruled out.
He’s not alone. The futures of Tim Tebow, coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano with the Jets also are uncertain.
Parting ways with Tebow, the immensely popular but little-used backup, appears a certainty after he came to New York amid lots of hype but had little impact in his one season with the Jets.
But the Jets could be hard-pressed to trade or cut Sanchez, who is due $8.25 million in guarantees next season.
‘‘Anything dealing with the future past Buffalo [the regular-season finale] will be handled after that,’’ Ryan said.
There are several complications that could lead to Sanchez actually sticking around in New York — whether it’s as a backup or starter. Sanchez, who received a contract extension in March, would cost the Jets a $17.1 million salary cap hit next season. They could, however, spread that amount over the next two seasons if he is cut after June 1.
New York could also find it difficult to find a trading partner to unload Sanchez, who isn’t likely a very attractive option at the moment after turning the ball over 50 times since the start of last season.
When asked about possible Sanchez trade rumors, Ryan said: ‘‘That’s news to me.’’
If the Jets did wind up trading Sanchez, the salary cap hit would still be $8.9 million.
The Daily News reported Thursday that the Jets would be interested in Michael Vick and that the Eagles quarterback would come to New York if it was clear he would be the starter. The newspaper also said Ryan ‘‘loves’’ Vick.
Sanchez, whom the Jets drafted fifth overall in 2009, was benched in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy for at least the home finale Sunday against San Diego. Sanchez threw four interceptions and fumbled away the final offensive snap — and the Jets’ playoff chances — in New York’s 14-10 loss at Tennessee Monday night.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano can resume coaching whenever he’s ready.
Dr. Larry Cripe said that Pagano had been cleared to return and that it was up to the coach and the Colts to determine when that will happen, and how much Pagano will do. Pagano’s physician is not imposing any restrictions, either.
Pagano is expected to return to the team complex as early as Monday.
‘‘Medically, I see no reason he cannot come back when he’s ready to try and come back,’’ Cripe said. ‘‘Coach has done a great job with this, and I trust him.’’
Cripe said he gave Pagano the good news the last time they met, though he declined to say when that happened.
Pagano has not been on the sideline since a Sept. 23 loss to Jacksonville, Indy’s only home defeat this season.
Three days later, he was diagnosed with leukemia and immediately began the first of three rounds of chemotherapy. The team has left the light on in Pagano’s office since then.
The Colts have become a playoff contender under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who has filled in as interim coach.
Robert Griffin III (sprained right knee) had a full practice for the second straight day as the Redskins prepared for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, and should start, barring any setbacks . . . Panthers three-time Pro Bowler Jon Beason wants to remain in Carolina next season despite losing his starting job at middle linebacker. Beason went on injured reserve in Week 5, and was replaced by first-round pick and former Boston College star Luke Kuechly, who is second in the NFL in tackles . . . Bills cornerback and return specialist Leodis McKelvin was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury. He set franchise records for punt return yards with 431 this year, giving him the career record at 637 . . . The Seahawks placed defensive tackle Jason Jones on injured reserve with a lingering knee injury, a tough blow for a depleted defensive line.
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