With one quarterback change, the New York Jets may have affected the future of two quarterbacks -- Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
The Jets will explore all options with Sanchez, including a trade, and the team plans to part ways with Tebow after the season, league sources said Wednesday.
It would be difficult to trade Sanchez because of an $8.25 million guarantee in 2013 in his contract. However, the Jets, who benched Sanchez this week in favor of the unproven Greg McElroy, are taking an open-minded approach and may be willing to start over at quarterback.
Meanwhile, a clearly miffed Tebow, no longer masking his season-long frustration, left no doubt he's unhappy with his role. He will seek to play elsewhere next season, and the Jets appear willing to accommodate his wishes.
It's odd that the Jets never gave Tebow a start after trading for him earlier this year, but trying to get into the minds of the Jets' brass is not an easy thing to do. As for Sanchez, he's not an elite talent, but he wasn't exactly dealing with a good receiving corps this year. Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill all missed extended time with injuries. He's likely to get another crack at a starting job in the next year or two.