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Posted April 15, 2009
Possible Jaguar-Sanchez Conspiracy?
I have been pondering why on Earth the Jacksonville Jaguars would seriously take Mark Sanchez with the eighth overall pick.
It makes no sense.
David Garrard is only 31 and has three-plus years left in the NFL. He had no protection and a terrible receiving corps last year; hard to blame him for the ineffective offense.
The ultra-fiscally conservative Jaguars gave Garrard a 6-year, $60 million extension a year ago. Why they would spend No. 8 overall money on Sanchez when they would take a huge cap hit by releasing Garrard makes no sense to me - and paying both quarterbacks an insane amount of money makes no sense either.
It didn't make sense, that is, until a good friend of mine suggested another reason for these Jags-Sanchez rumors.
Think about it for a second. Which NFL team has had financial troubles the past few years and has been looking to sell the team?
What city does Roger Godell potentially want to move an NFL team to?
What player in the NFL or NFL Draft has the most marketability in the entire state of California?
Without a doubt, it is the Mexican-American, USC product, Vincent Chase look-a-like, outstandingly charismatic Mark Sanchez.
If Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver could add a player to his team to make the Jaguars as marketable as possible to the L.A. area, then he could potentially sell the Jaguars in this horrid economy.
Granted, Sanchez is a very good quarterback prospect in his own right, but this makes a lot of sense from a business standpoint if you're Weaver.
I still do not think this is probable to happen because the Jaguars want to move out of the eighth pick; there is no guarantee Weaver could sell the Jaguars to Los Angeles; and it doesn't make a lot of sense from a football perspective.
However, it is highly intriguing to think about nonetheless.
I agree on a lot of what you have here, but I think you miss the mark slightly on the Romo trade value. If they are going to get to sign him for free then why would they pay for him. I also think that Jerruh's loyalty will prevent him from sending Romo somewhere he wont/doesn't want to go and even if he doesn't Romo could basically veto any trade by retiring. Romo if he leaves is going ring chasing. It's not like he's broke so it will be more about the title than a paycheck. It may also make the teams that are interested not want the Romo contract since he may be willing to take much less to help win. I think if Romo is traded it will have to be for conditional pick(s) so that a team gets insurance on his injury history.