Posted by Will Brinson
The lockout's not good for anyone from the perspective of wanting to see football, but it's certainly more advantageous for particular teams.
Like, say, the New York Jets, who, according to quarterback Mark Sanchez, might benefit from certain portions of the work stoppage. Our own Jets Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman caught up with Sanchez at the 2011 World Police and Fire Games Gala in New York, and he sounded as optimistic as one can be about no football being played.
"It's going to be tougher for [free agents] to go somewhere else; they just won't have time to negotiate with other teams," Sanchez told Zimmerman.
Sanchez also said that he'd be getting his wide receivers together during the offseason -- meaning he's throwing now apparently? -- in order to get some informal practices going.
"If those are the only workouts until training camp, we might as well do as many as we can," he said.
Sanchez is probably "correct" on both counts. First, the lockout seems likely to cruise long enough that the Jets can bring back their key free agents without them testing the waters too much.
And, secondly, if the lockout does last long enough for Sanchez and his receivers to need some informal workout sessions, it seems pretty likely that guys who are free agents (Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards) could end up coming too. And if that's the case, they seem even more likely to end up with New York when football's played again in 2011.
Oh yes, and it would appear that Sanchez is throwing again, despite his shoulder injury, which may be the best news of all for the Jets.
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