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Rex Ryan may alter his Mark Sanchez tattoo

Rex-Ryan-Mark-Sanchez-Tim-TebowRex Ryan was always a huge supporter of Mark Sanchez when the former USC star was with the New York Jets. How big are we talking? Rex has a tattoo of his wife wearing a Jets jersey with Sanchez’s No. 6 on it. So yeah, that big of a supporter. Now that the Jets have released Sanchez, what’s going to happen to the tattoo?

On Tuesday, Ryan was asked if he still has the tattoo. He proudly rolled up his sleeve to display the ink, noting that it “was my tattoo and still is my tattoo.” However, he did not rule out changing the number on the jersey.

“I may alter it, who knows?” Rex said, per Newsday’s Tom Rock. “I may put 75 on it and honor Winston Hill. I think that’s the idea. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Hill is a former Jets offensive lineman who played for New York when Rex’s father Buddy Ryan was an assistant coach there. It would probably be challenging to turn a No. 6 into a No. 75, but I’m sure a good tattoo artist could do it.

[Photo: Rex Ryan's Mark Sanchez tattoo]

As for Sanchez, Ryan explained why he felt such a close connection to Sanchez during their five seasons together.

“That was my first draft pick, me being a coach that was my first pick,” he said. “You have the vision that this guy is going to be with you for 10 years. I’m sure every coach has that. Very few make it that far. I think in an ideal world, that’s what you would have liked.”

Rex also said that he thought being released from the Jets would be good for Sanchez, as he believes he is still capable of earning a starting job elsewhere. You know what’s coming next, right? Bill Belichick is probably going to sign Sanchez. How much would The Hoodie love Rex having a tattoo of one of his players?

Report: Mark Sanchez expected to sign with Eagles

mark-sanchezMark Sanchez and Michael Vick could be switching teams. The New York Jets released Sanchez last friday and quickly signed Vick. On Monday, reports surfaced that the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to bring on the Sanchize.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported that although Sanchez failed his physical when his contract with the Jets was terminated, his injury status is not expected to stand in the way of the Eagles signing him. He is said to be throwing at 80 percent strength, and the Eagles’ medical staff intends to evaluate Sanchez on their own before making anything official.

While Mortensen seems confident that Sanchez is going to wind up in Philly, Manish Mehta is less certain. He was told that Sanchez’s free agent process is “ongoing” and that the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans have all shown legitimate interest in Sanchez.

As we told you earlier, Jeff Fisher has already been open about discussing the Rams’ interest in Sanchez.

While some might be surprised that Sanchez is drawing so much interest in free agency, you have to remember he is looking for work as a backup. Experience is hard to come by in the NFL, and Sanchez has appeared in 62 games during his five-year NFL career. He should come relatively cheap and provide decent depth for a team in need.

Jeff Fisher says Rams are interested in Mark Sanchez

Mark SanchezMark Sanchez was officially released by the New York Jets last Friday, and the backup quarterback market is already buzzing. At the NFL’s owners meetings on Sunday, Jeff Fisher confirmed that the St. Louis Rams are interested in Sanchez.

“I’d say that there is interest. I can’t say how much. But there certainly would be interest,” Fisher told Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports. “I don’t have a backup with experience on the roster right now.”

Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL back in October, and the only other quarterback St. Louis has on its roster is Austin Davis (who?). Sanchez also spent three seasons working under Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in New York. The Jets reached the AFC Championship Game twice during that span, so there is some level of comfort between the two.

“Brian had a good relationship with Mark,” Fisher said. “He’s just learning. He’s been to the AFC Championship game a couple of times, so he’s been there.”

Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, but that is not the reason he did not start for the Jets. They were already prepared to move on after Sanchez proved he cannot consistently protect the football — not that he was surrounded with much talent.

Say what you will about Sanchez, but teams could do worse for a backup quarterback. Experience is important, and the former USC star has plenty of it. He may never start again, but he should serve as a more than capable reserve.

Jets release Mark Sanchez, sign Michael Vick

Mark SanchezIn the span of 10 minutes, the New York Jets announced a pair of moves Friday evening that is sure to have the city talking for some time.

The Jets released Mark Sanchez and announced the signing of Michael Vick.

Neither transaction should come as a surprise. The expectation always was that the Jets were going to cut Sanchez before the season. Though releasing Sanchez will cost $4.8 million against the salary cap this season, it frees up $8.3 million this season, according to Manish Mehta.

There was also strong speculation that Vick was going to sign with the Jets after he reportedly was telling teammates he thought that’s where he would end up.

The real interesting story here is that Vick’s contract reportedly is a one-year deal that will pay him $5 million. That’s a lot of money for a backup quarterback and tells us that the Jets plan to have Vick play. Whether that means using him in packages or otherwise, it’s a pretty clear indication that the Jets feel they need a good Plan B in case Geno Smith doesn’t work out.

The other question is what jersey number Vick will receive; he reportedly was making a fuss over No. 7, which has been Smith’s.

Mark Sanchez could return to Jets

Mark SanchezIt seemed like an impossibility that Mark Sanchez would be back with the New York Jets next season, but it might actually happen.

ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini says Sanchez is rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder in New Jersey this week, allowing the Jets a chance to look at him. Cimini reports a source told him that the chances of Sanchez returning to the Jets are 20-30 percent. Though 20-30 percent does not sound like much, that’s still a lot higher than many thought. Most people felt like Sanchez would be done in New York for sure.

Sanchez would have to take a pay cut to remain with the Jets, and he likely will not receive the $2 million roster bonus he is due on March 25.

After reading this report, I’m starting to believe the coach who said Sanchez would start for an NFL team.

We’ll remind you that from 2011-2012, Sanchez committed a league-high 42 turnovers.

Mark Sanchez would be starter for NFL team, coach says

Mark Sanchez headband

Many of us are probably wondering how Mark Sanchez is still in the NFL based on how he performed in his most recent stints as a starter. But guess what? One coach might be eager about the New York Jets cutting him in the near future, as is expected.

“We’d take Sanchez,” a coach told the New York Post. “He’d be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us.”

How bad must your QB situation be if you say Sanchez would be your starter? Or was that a quote planted by Sanchez’s agent?

Sanchez is coming off shoulder surgery and the Jets would save over $8 million against the salary cap if they cut him. Everyone expects them to do that.

I have just one question for this coach and anyone else considering signing him: if you wouldn’t want him starting for you, why would you want him as a backup? I certainly wouldn’t, which is why I don’t understand this.

H/T Bleeding Green Nation

Mark Sanchez has cornrows

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It appears Mark Sanchez has finally had enough. The New York Jets quarterback has been on the sidelines nursing an injury all year long while he watches rookie Geno Smith do what he believes is his job. So on Friday, it appears Sanchez finally lost it. How else can you explain his decision to turn his long hair into corn rows?

AP sports writer Dennis Waszak Jr. posted the photo you see above on Twitter Friday afternoon. Sanchez has taken a lot of crap in the past for keeping his long locks under control with a headband, but he has officially taken his hairstyle to a new level. This is a man who wants his starting job back — make no mistake about it.

UPDATE: Phew. Sanchez apparently lost a bet, which is why he braided his hair.

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