Jets ink Sanchez to 5-year $50 million deal

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, USC
Pete Carroll originally questioned why Mark Sanchez would choose to leave the program early and enter the NFL draft, and the New York Jets have just given the answer. After just one full season of starting duties at USC, the Trojan quarterback is now set to earn at least $50 million dollars over the next 5 years.

As reported by ESPN:

The Jets and Sanchez agreed to a five-year deal worth $50 million, with $28 million in guarantees, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. The deal could be worth as much as $60 million.

As much as we would have loved to have Mark stay for another title run, that kind of loot isn’t thrown on your table everyday. But with the new contract comes a new question…With that much money invested, will Sanchez be the starter in New York to open the 2009 season? By most reports, Kellen Clemens has performed better in camp and has a likely edge. But even so, I’m willing to bet that if Sanchez doesn’t receive the starting nod, he will eventually be guiding the green at some point during the season, especially if the Jets are struggling as a team.

[ESPN]

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~ by Anthony on June 10, 2009.

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