Tannenbaum believes Sanchezís extension cost him Jets GM job
Despite showcasing deficiencies in his passing game and posting a high turnover rate in the absence of adequate offensive weapons, which eventually led to the team’s demise last season, the New York Jets remained supportive of Mark Sanchez long till late season. However, Mike Tannenbaum developed hindsight of the situation a little too late, and now believes Mark Sanchez’s five-year, $58.25-million contract extension served as the overriding reason behind his firing by the New York Jets.
“I don't think I'd sign a quarterback to an extension knowing that he'd have 26 turnovers,” Mike Tannnebaum said on Thursday. “That may be one of the reasons I'm sitting here with you guys.”
Mike Tannenbaum has never been shy of claiming his fair share of success in the drafting some of the players that helped the team en route to a pair of AFC Championship Game appearances during his seven-year reign as New York Jets general manager. So Mike Tannenbaum’s statements regarding Mark Sanchez seem a little bit disingenuous on his part given the quarterback had a similar record – 18 interceptions with the loss of eight fumbles – in 2011 as well.
Instead, Mike Tannenbaum focused on how he always drafts a solid “core” of players – while throwing in D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold’s names – whom he later signs to extensions based on extensions "when it makes sense for both sides." Mike Tannenbaum claimed Mark Sanchez’s case was no different then.
After Mark Sanchez’s inconsistencies last season, his heft contract extension is certainly weighing against the New York Jets, who are expected to be $23.1 million over the 2013 salary cap in 2013. The New York Jets new general manager John Idzik faces a daunting challenge, trying to add depth to a mediocre offense with limited resources.
“Obviously, he didn't play as well this year, we didn't coach as well this year, we didn't get him as good players this year,” said Mike Tannenbaum. “But if we're sitting here a year or two from now, I still think Mark's going to be a good, credible quarterback in the NFL.”
Mike Tannenbaum even touted Mark Sanchez to be a top candidate for the New York Jets starting job this season as well.
“I think Mark's going to be there,’’ added Mike Tannenbaum. “Obviously, that's somebody else's decision now. But I wouldn't be surprised if they brought other people in as well.”