Mark Sanchez New York Jets’ Career Likely Over

imageChris Mortensen over at ESPN just recently filed a report to SportsCenter that indicates New York Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez will have shoulder surgery, pretty much ending his season before it started. The embattled former first-round pick has $20.5 million guaranteed to him this season, which is one of the only reasons he remained with the Jets after what was a drama-filled offseason between the quarterback and the only NFL team he has suited up for.

New York, deciding to go in a completely different direction, spent a second-round pick on Geno Smith this past April. This was an indication that new general manager John Idzik was fully prepared to move on from Sanchez. Again, it was that $20.5 million price tag that handcuffed the Jets.

Smith started the Jets Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led the team to a comeback victory in the final minutes. He is their unquestioned starter both short and long term.

Sanchez still has over $44 million owed to him over the final three years of his contract with the Jets, but none of that is guaranteed. This means that Idzik and Co. can move on following the 2013 season without any long-term salary cap ramifications.

Sanchez won 21 of his first 33 regular season starts for the Jets, but has gone 12-17 since. Sanchez led the NFL in interceptions over the course of those 29 games and seemed to be regressing a great deal.

Due to this most recent news, it appears that the veteran has thrown his final pass in a Jets’ uniform. What began as a promising career with two consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances, seems to be over.

Look for Sanchez to catch on with another team as a backup following the 2013 season.

 

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.