New York Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez sustained a torn right labrum, which caused him to miss the 2013 season. According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the Jets are expected to release Sanchez this offseason.
Sanchez had been the Jets’ starting quarterback for the past four seasons. He had achieved mixed success during that time span.
In Sanchez’s first two seasons, 2009 and 2010 season, he led the team to the AFC Championship Game. During the 2010 playoffs, he threw for nine touchdowns against only three interceptions.
The 2010 playoffs turned out to be the peak of Sanchez’s NFL career, thus far.
Sanchez led the Jets to a 14-17 record, in his starts, between the 2011 and 2012 season. He bottomed out in the 2012 season by throwing only 13 touchdowns against 18 interceptions.
Succeeding the 2012 season, the Jets hired John Idzik to be the general manager. He decided to draft West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
This led to a starting quarterback competition between Sanchez and Smith. Smith ended up winning the starting job after Sanchez tore his right labrum in a preseason game against the New York Giants on Aug. 24.
Smith experienced mixed success during his rookie success. He showed that he had superior arm strength to Sanchez, but he was also prone to turnovers, 25.
Idzik praised Smith on his rookie season, according to Walder:
‘He’s a very resilient young man,’ Idzik said. ‘For him to start all 16 games, go through the highs and lows of an NFL season and just to see him develop as a player, see him handle a game, see him be more efficient in the pocket, his accuracy, threatening with his legs, all of the things that he did, they were very positive.’”
That is not an encouraging sign for Sanchez. He is owed a $2 million roster bonus in March and will have a base salary of $9 million for next season, according to rotoworld.com.
On Tuesday, Idzik did not indicate whether Sanchez will be cut this offseason, according to Walder:
‘We’ll get to that in time. He is a Jet. We consider all our guys Jets until we make a decision or something happens that changes that,’ Idzik said of the veteran quarterback who had season-ending shoulder surgery in October. ‘So with Mark — I met with him yesterday as well — our focus is to get him healthy, just as it has been really the entire season and then we’ll take it from there.’”
Next season would be the third year of Sanchez’s five year, $58.25 million contract. He will not be a free agent until 2017.