The New York Post has a story today that seems to indicate there's demand among other NFL teams for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. The story quotes an anonymous NFL coach who says Sanchez would "be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us." It also includes a remark from an anonymous executive who says Sanchez would draw interest because of the "supply and demand" in a league with more teams than decent quarterbacks.

Both the coach's and executive's assessments are based on the likelihood that Sanchez will be released by the Jets in the weeks ahead, thus making him a free agent with a clean contract slate. But if both the coach and the executive are to be believed, wouldn't the Jets be better off pursuing a trade so as to get something in return for Sanchez?

A few words about anonymous sources: They certainly have their place (ahem). Often, quoting someone without identifying who they are is the only way to get that person to truly open up and speak freely. But when it comes to NFL free-agent and draft speculation, some of it can be subterfuge, with team personnel and player agents using the media to gain leverage by artificially enhancing or worsening a player's perceived value. This is not to suggest the Post's story is inaccurate; there well could be a sizable market out there for Sanchez, given the modest success he's had in his career. But it's also possible the coach and the executive are creating a smokescreen to get other teams to bite at a something the coach and the executive know they don't want. Ladies and germs, this is sometimes how your offseason NFL sausage gets made.

The Jets won't say publicly what they plan to do with Sanchez. But according to, his cap hit for the coming season is sscheduled to be $13.1 million, and the Jets could save $8.3 million of that by releasing him. The conventional wisdom, given everything, is that Sanchez is a goner.