Quarterback Mark Sanchez to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
That's the latest element in the marathon negotiations for cornerback Darrelle Revis between the New York Jets and the Bucs, acccording to a Friday report by ProFootballTalk.com.
The logic that alleges to give credibility to this notion is based on the Jets unloading Sanchez' guaranteed $8.25 million for 2013, which does indeed make financial sense to the new Jets general manager, John Idzik. So from that perspective, the long, drawn-out talks over Revis may indeed have included the mention of packaging Sanchez in the deal.
But such a move might create more hardship than it is worth on both sides of the deal.
In Tampa Bay, coach Greg Schiano is admittedly not sold on Josh Freeman as his starting quarterback, but it may be a hard sell -- to Schiano and Bucs fans -- to consider Sanchez as the alternative.
In New York, that would leave the Jets with aging David Garrard, unproven Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow on the quarterback depth chart. And, before this Sanchez-to-Bucs report broke Friday, the hottest headline in New York was that former quarterback and self-appointed talent expert Jeff Garcia told the Jets they must trade Tebow. Perhaps Garcia had inside information on the Bucs negotiations and figured with Sanchez gone he might get another shot in the NFL.
That is meant as a joke, of course, but in matters involving the Jets, it is difficult to tell.
If the idea is that the Jets need a new start at quarterback, then they are currently holding the No. 9 spot in the first round, which could become No. 13 if the Buccaneers send theirs to New York as part of the Revis-Sanchez-and-whatever-else deal.
This year's draft has less than a stellar class of quarterbacks, but if the Jets do have a prospect they really like, they might have their pick of the litter with one of those first-round picks. If they wanted, they could take, say, Matt Barkley from USC. Just for instance.