Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14

What's worse than having to start a quarterback who stinks? Having to sit that quarterback and still pay him a lot of money. The Jets are reportedly trying to avoid that ignominious scenario by getting their money's worth out of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez after signing him to a three-year extension in the offseason. The Jets are hoping Sanchez will rise to form by keeping him in the starting spot at least this year and possibly for next season, Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com reports. The Jets extended Sanchez's contract in March, shortly after Peyton Manning chose to join the Broncos over a host of other teams, including New York. Sanchez's deal, which includes $20.5 million in guarantees in 2012 and 2013, put his five-year total pay at $58.25 million -- the seventh-highest salary among quarterbacks. The deal was seen by many as a way to ameliorate Sanchez, who had come under heavy criticism for his underwhelming performance in 2011. By giving Sanchez a cushy contract, the thinking went, he would have the vote of confidence needed to lead the team effectively in 2012 and beyond, while the Jets would have time to look at other long-term options. But now it appears the extension was just as shoddy as some originally thought. Sanchez has been as bad as ever this year, and instead of the Jets having the flexibility to turn to an option like popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow, they feel the need to get their worth from the contract, according to Florio. "Sources close to Sanchez believe that the quarterback's recent contract extension means that Sanchez will be with the team, and in turn be the starter, through 2013 at the minimum," Florio reports. The Jets aren't as solid on keeping Sanchez as the starter for that long, but they aren't ready to go to Tebow -- a point from which there would not likely be a return due to Sanchez's history of sensitivity. "Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the Jets don't anticipate benching Sanchez this season," Florio writes. Sanchez has completed 52.9 percent of his passes this year for 1,736 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, with the Jets just 3-5. Tebow, who has had mixed results as an NFL quarterback, is a heavy fan favorite.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ray Rice wins appeal, can sign with any team

Athletics deal Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie

Ohio governor decrees playoff committee honorary Ohioans

Lance Stephenson becoming a problem with the Hornets?

Tony Romo: I promise I'll be better next week

Seahawks could wait to address Russell Wilson's contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: SMU football to hire Clemson offensive coordinator

Dez Bryant: Eagles were ‘kinda cheap’

Hockey goalie rushes into stands to perform CPR on fan

49ers CEO Jed York apologizes for unacceptable performance

Family searching for missing Ohio State football player

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE, says he'll never return

Mavs' Aminu knocks padding off backboard with dunk

What if the Chargers refused to trade Eli Manning?

Why is there a red seat hanging in the Mall of America?

WATCH: Mickey Rourke TKO’d a man half his age in Moscow

What's next for the 49ers?

The most tone-deaf tweet ever?

Five bold predictions for Week 13 in the NFL

Brady Quinn pens 'note' to Jets quarterback Geno Smith

Bills center Eric Wood gained 7.4 pounds at Thanksgiving

Cubs reliever somehow OK after being involved in awful accident

Seahawks players throw shade at 49ers after victory

Five takeaways from NFL's Thanksgiving Day action

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

What if the Chargers didn't trade Eli?

Dez Bryant: Eagles were ‘kinda cheap’

Ray Rice wins appeal, can sign with any team

What's next for the 49ers?

The most tone-deaf tweet ever?

Is Lance a problem for the Hornets?

5 NFL takeaways from Thanksgiving

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks Eminem

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.