Notes: Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis hope to stay Jets

Struggling QB, ailing CB loyal

‘‘Until I’m told differently, I’m a Jet,’’ Mark Sanchez said as the Jets cleaned out their lockers.
‘‘Until I’m told differently, I’m a Jet,’’ Mark Sanchez said as the Jets cleaned out their lockers.

Mark Sanchez wants to stay right where he is. So does Darrelle Revis.

The two players are among the Jets’ biggest uncertainties heading into next season. Sanchez comes off a miserable year and Revis is recovering from a serious knee injury while also having a sticky contract situation.

‘‘Until I’m told differently, I’m a Jet,’’ Sanchez said as the Jets cleaned out their lockers. ‘‘That’s what I always thought would happen. I don’t see anything different. I just want another crack at this thing.’’


Whether he gets that opportunity remains to be seen. The 2009 first-round pick had his worst season since his rookie year, throwing 18 interceptions and getting benched for a game late in the season. Sanchez appeared to lose his confidence as the season wore on and questions about his ability to lead the team became more frequent.

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‘‘I’ve got confidence in Mark,’’ Revis said. ‘‘It was a tough year for him. The only thing you can try to do is just lift him up as much as you can and be positive around him . . . I just think he has to just focus on football.’’

One player who likely won’t be back is Tim Tebow.

Expected to be a key part of the offense after he was acquired from Denver in a trade last March, Tebow had no impact and was never a serious challenger to Sanchez for the starting job. Tebow was leapfrogged by third-stringer Greg McElroy when Sanchez was benched, and is expected to be traded or released during the next several weeks.

Meanwhile, Revis expects to be ‘‘100 percent ready’’ by the time next season begins, but there are obvious concerns. For his part, Revis knows where he wants to be.


‘‘I definitely want to be here,’’ Revis said. ‘‘This is where I live. This is the team I got drafted by.’’

49ers waive Jacobs

The 49ers parted ways for good with running back Brandon Jacobs, an expected move after the outspoken player was suspended for the final three regular-season games. The team said that even if Jacobs were to be claimed by another team off waivers, he would not be eligible to play during the postseason. When asked during his news conference whether Jacobs would be reinstated, coach Jim Harbaugh offered only, ‘‘No, he will not.’’ . . . Browns running back Trent Richardson revealed that he played most of his first season in the NFL with two broken ribs, an injury that not only made it tough to play but even sleep. ‘‘I still can’t lay flat on my back or on my side,’’ Richardson said, ‘‘but it’s going to come around, and I know I’ll be healthy before next season.’’ The first-round draft pick wore a protective jacket over his ribs and finished with 950 yards, breaking many of Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s team rookie rushing records — despite missing the entire exhibition season following arthroscopic knee surgery . . . Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, who helped block for Peyton Manning during the Colts’ Super Bowl-winning 2006 season, announced his retirement. Lilja, 31, had played guard his entire career until injuries along the Chiefs’ line forced him to play center the majority of this season . . . In probably his last NFL-related ruling, US District Judge David Doty sided with the league this time. The NFL Players Association’s claim of collusion by league owners was rejected by Doty, who has previously sided with the players during more than two decades of judging NFL labor matters. The league lost enough key decisions under Doty’s jurisdiction that it twice tried to have him removed as the sport’s legal referee, alleging impartiality. Not this time. The players filed their lawsuit in May, claiming the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion.