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City Harvest 19th Annual An Evening Of Practical Magic, Honoring Marc MurphyMark Sanchez will have a couple more months to GQ it up at all the hottest night spots in New York.

The Jets are expected to retain Mark Sanchez into the preseason, and let him compete for a starting job according to the Newsday reporter Bob Glauber.

Sanchez started 15 games last season, throwing 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Jets went 6-9 in games he started. On Friday, New York drafted Quarterback Geno Smith with the seventh pick in the second round.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - West Virginia v SyracuseApparently Jets management  isn’t satisfied with Mark Sanchez as their starting Quarterback. Who knew?

According to Adam Schefter, New York has made calls to multiple teams on Friday in order to move up from pick 39 and draft a Quarterback.

ESPN reports the Jets debated taking Geno Smith with the 13th overall pick on Thursday night before deciding on DT Sheldon Richardson. They selected Cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth overall pick.

Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg and Jets top scout Terry Bradway had dinner with Smith last month. Mornhinweg came away impressed according to a source that spoke with the four letter.

Other teams that could take a Quarterback at the top of round two include Arizona, Oakland, Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

2013 NFL DraftThe NFL Draft has its good moments. Kids who’ve worked incredibly hard for free in the gulag known as the NCAA are rewarded with guaranteed money and a chance to make a good living as a professional football player.  Kids who’ve overcome family issues and “you’re too small!” epithets from bitter coaches can celebrate making it in front of the world. The night is for them.

For fans of certain teams, the draft is an excuse to lose it over players they’ve seen on Youtube a couple times. All caps non sequitur on twitter, angry texts to confused friends who don’t follow the NFL, a 1,000 word screed on a message board frequented by 13% of Western New York’s prison population — the gamut of negativity. As E.J. Manuel emotionally talked about his mom’s battle with cancer, I was one of those guys. The NFL Draft has its terrible moments. Mainly because of people like me. And this guy. Read the rest of this entry »

Geno Smith is going home

2013 NFL Draft

Geno during happier times.

Only one Quarterback was taken in the first round, and it wasn’t Geno Smith.

The Bills–like they are prone to do–shocked most observers when they selected Florida State’s E.J Manuel with the 16th pick.

ESPN reports the West Virginia QB isn’t coming back for day two. In fact he’s leaving New York entirely. Aaron Rodgers, who endured a long wait back in 2005, tweeted words of encouragement to Smith.

Teams in the second round that could target Smith include the Eagles at pick 35, Arizona at pick 38, the Jets right after and Oakland at pick 42.

San Diego Chargers v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bengals and former Steelers LB James Harrison are working on a deal that would see the 34-year-old join the club, according to a report by Adam Schefter.

Cincinnati lost starting outside linebacker Manny Lawson to the Bills in free agency, so they have a need at the position. Harrison was slated to make $6.57 million in 2013, but was released by Pittsburgh after refusing to take a pay cut.

The Bengals have also been interested in Karlos Dansby, but Schefter reports Harrison will be easier to sign. Harrison lodged six sacks last season.

Eric Wright stays in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New York GiantsAnother potential domino in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes has fallen.

The Bucs will retain CB Eric Wright after both parties agreed to restructure his deal to a one-year contract. Wright will earn $1.5 million.

Earlier today, NFL.com’s Adam Schein speculated a Revis deal was more important to Tampa Bay than the Jets. That may no longer be the case after the Bucs were able to rework Wright’s deal. Tampa signed Wright to a five-year, $37.5 million contract last spring.

The re-signing of Wright doesn’t mean a Revis trade will not be completed, but it could be an indication that both sides remain far apart on a trade for the all-pro defensive back.

Update:

Oakland Raiders v Baltimore Ravens

The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter.

In 15 games last season the former Raider recorded 41 catches for 606 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He had visited Indianapolis five days ago but left without a contract.

Schefter reports the contract could be worth up to $3 million.