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The Mark Sanchez era is over.

Sanchez, the quarterback who went to the Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft and has been a polarizing player since, has been released. The Jets officially announced the long-awaited move on Friday afternoon.

At his best, Sanchez showed promise as a player who could develop into a franchise quarterback who would lead the team for years to come. But he had significant flaws as a passer, flaws which were often overlooked in his first two seasons, when the Jets rode a strong defense to the AFC Championship Game.

Later on, when the Jets’ defense didn’t play quite as well, it became more apparent that Sanchez simply didn’t have what it took to lead a team to a winning record. The Jets’ baffling decision to give Sanchez a contract extension in 2012 was followed a year later by the decision to draft Geno Smith in 2013, which sealed Sanchez’s fate.

Now Sanchez becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team. Someone will surely pick Sanchez up and let him compete for a roster spot, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be a starter in 2014. Sanchez has a lot of work to do to turn his career around, and if he ever does it, it won’t be as a Jet.

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  1. ghjjf says: Mar 21, 2014 6:30 PM

    This is bad news for the AFC East, the Jests just got a little better.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    Don’t forget he was the starting QB when the jets went to back to back AFC Championship games. But we all know defense wins ball games.

  3. 12444uggg says: Mar 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    The Mark Sanchez Era.. lol

  4. nfl4days says: Mar 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    Good day to be mark Sanchez.

  5. nflsucker says: Mar 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    So glad the Jets didn’t butt-fumble this decision.

  6. ryann252013 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    THANK GOD. Just got done reading Collision Low Crossers and this guy and Holmes sounded like complete divas.

    On another note good luck Sanchez and good job getting all that money while you could, you might need it.

  7. mickton says: Mar 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    Oh a fairys fairy tale is over boooooooo hoo

  8. chargrz says: Mar 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    I think i hear champagne bottles being opened all over New York and it’s not New Years.

  9. chillaxbro23 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    He’s still good for a quick laugh because he’s bad but he would probably laugh at my yearly salary so i think were even.

  10. grimmlock42 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    USC quarterbacks. lol.

  11. scoops1 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:34 PM

    Mark Sanchez on line 2 for Pete Carroll

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 21, 2014 6:34 PM

    So it’s official. Everyone involved in the infamous buttfumble is out of work. First Steve Gregory (the scoop and scorer), Brandon Moore (the butt in buttfumble), and finally Mark Sanchez (the fumble in buttfumble).

  13. patssox says: Mar 21, 2014 6:34 PM

    I hate the J-E-T-S Joke Joke Joke, but Sanchez does have some skills that can be developed. But he’s also very immature so that’s a problem.

  14. believeland2014 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:35 PM

    Looks like Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch are out of New York. LOL

  15. cuda1234 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:35 PM

    How about in Arizona, working with Bruce Arians and backing up Carson Palmer?

  16. dieselguy19 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:35 PM

    Damnit! As a Jet’s hater, life’s better when they suck. This can only make them better unfortunately 😦

  17. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 21, 2014 6:35 PM

    Nice head band Sanchez. My daughter has one just like it. Maybe you can work at her next birthday party.

  18. badmoonrison says: Mar 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    The Butt Fumbler could be coming to your town soon!

  19. patsfan112 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    Noooo! But we Pats fans love him and think he ought to stay with the Jests forever.

  20. andreboy1 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    Mark Sanchez is the type of guy who orders chicken at a steakhouse.

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    And on that day a tear ran down Mark Sanchez’ face, he hung his head and sadly walked away from the stadium wondering why nobody loved him anymore.

  22. shlort says: Mar 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    Same story with Colin Kaepernick in the title in a few years. Kaepernick is riding a strong D to a massive pay day. Weak D amd Kaepernick will be looked at as having flaws in his game. He has them already, but everyone who loves the player thinks he is the reason the Niners are winning.

  23. nviverson says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Please Cleveland, don’t touch this guy!

  24. myworldurjuslivinit says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    ummm…thought he had been cut a year, oh well.

  25. faulkn22 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Poor Rex and that tattoo, he can’t cut that. LOL

  26. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Not a fan of the Jets or any team in the division but if I were a Jets fan, based purely on my opinion formed from his play and reporting, I’d be very happy and celebrating heavily this Friday evening with plenty of barley-based beverages. Its over.

  27. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    the mark sanchez error…

    well there was good times, mostly bad. like his hair

  28. jz3248 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Hello Michael Vick

  29. bigsowce604 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye!

  30. barsfordays says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM


    Best move theyve ever made.

  31. rationalitybias says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Pete Carroll was right.

  32. mheffner001 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Always will be remembered by “The Butt Fumble”

  33. JackedUpSports says: Mar 21, 2014 6:38 PM

    as a jets fan, it was good, then it was awful, but when it was good, it was great

  34. windycityjunkie says: Mar 21, 2014 6:38 PM

    Sounds Like A Job For Marc Trestman! I Mean He Did Tailor An Offense To Josh McCown That Got Him A Starting Spot After Being A Clipboard Holder For Years.

  35. jamaltimore says: Mar 21, 2014 6:38 PM

    Dirty Sanchez will always be known as the buttfumbler. Great legacy

  36. johnnyc23 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:38 PM

    Jets just signed Mike Vick

  37. jzone954 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:38 PM

    I’m sure Merrill Hoge has SOMETHING to say about this

  38. dtownsportslions says: Mar 21, 2014 6:39 PM

    Roger Goodell said “With the release of Mark Sanchez, we have decided to begin a team in Mexico City, Mexico. Mark will be the starting Quarterback.”

  39. blackngold4life says: Mar 21, 2014 6:39 PM

    USC QBs never amount to anything ..Just like WRs from. University of Texas Welcome to the Jets Mr Vick

  40. iamkillerfin says: Mar 21, 2014 6:39 PM

    surprise, surprise, surprise, the junk jets still suck!!! GO FINS!!!

  41. citizenstrange says: Mar 21, 2014 6:39 PM

    The Steelers are still sticking with Roethlisberger though.

  42. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 21, 2014 6:39 PM

    Rex is still going to say he’s the starter.

  43. coltzfan166 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:40 PM

    Welcome to NY, Michael Vick.

  44. iamkillerfin says: Mar 21, 2014 6:40 PM


  45. tooz72 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:40 PM

    no one cuts Señor Butt Fumble and gets away with it

  46. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 21, 2014 6:41 PM

    At least he “cracked” the starting line up butt it wasn’t meant to be.

  47. kwjsb says: Mar 21, 2014 6:41 PM

    The Browns Backers Worldwide thank the Oakland Raiders.

  48. shadowgamesshades says: Mar 21, 2014 6:41 PM

    Jets still have Geno Smith who is great at throwing to defensive backs.

  49. meatcarroll says: Mar 21, 2014 6:42 PM

    Looks like Pete Carroll was right about Sanchez making a huge mistake by declaring early. Look at them now! Pistol Pete is the best coach in the NFC and constructed the youngest SB victors ever, and Buttchez is a league wide joke.

  50. meatcarroll says: Mar 21, 2014 6:42 PM

    Looks like Pete Carroll was right about Sanchez making a huge mistake by declaring early. Look at them now! Pistol Pete is the best coach in the NFC and constructed the youngest SB victors ever, and Buttchez is a league wide joke.

  51. steelcurtainn says: Mar 21, 2014 6:42 PM

    Wow! After all these years the team finally gets it. Somewhere Broadway Joe is choking up.

  52. aceakking says: Mar 21, 2014 6:42 PM

    So what are his “significant flaws as a passer”?

  53. realnflmaster says: Mar 21, 2014 6:42 PM


  54. onehandcatch says: Mar 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    Sanchise, man did they ever build him up the in the beginning, the NY media and the Jet organization. This guy starts one year as a junior at USC, Pro footballs minor league at times, comes out and rides the defense to two AFC championship games, he never had it. Back up at best!!

  55. jackburtonsmullet says: Mar 21, 2014 6:44 PM

    Why would the Jets release the best QB on their roster?

  56. Wineshard says: Mar 21, 2014 6:44 PM

    We laugh at Sanchez now, but I want to know where those people are that were referring to him as Sanchize in his first two years?

  57. jayniner says: Mar 21, 2014 6:46 PM

    Where oh where will we get to see the butt-fumble 2.0

  58. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Mar 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    I’m going to miss the way he looked so cute in those headbands. Long live the Butt Fumble !!!!

  59. jr507 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    glad this day came, but some Pats fans should remember this guy threw for 3 TDs and sent you home in the playoffs only a few years ago.

  60. anonymous135 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:48 PM

    I wonder if Oakland would have picked him up before trading for Schaub… Not sure either would be the answer, but better than what they got.

  61. ufanforreal says: Mar 21, 2014 6:48 PM

    doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    Don’t forget he was the starting QB when the jets went to back to back AFC Championship games. But we all know defense wins ball games.
    ——————————————————O, you mean the back to back that the Colts let them win one?

  62. funshipm174 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:48 PM

    Don’t worry, they’ll be the “Same Ole Jets”. They just won’t have Sanchez to blame.

  63. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 21, 2014 6:49 PM

    I told everybody that one day Stafford and Sanchez could be on the same team. Just didn’t know which one. That draft could be like a 2 for 1 deal in hindsight. Now that’s funny!

  64. stoolerz says: Mar 21, 2014 6:50 PM

    Still remember when Mangini traded the Browns down in the draft with the Jets so they could draft him. They just laughed and laughed at the Browns and thanked them for making them a contender. Guess we know who gets the last one.

  65. edawg7l says: Mar 21, 2014 6:51 PM

    Why are Jets fans so excited about getting Vick? Vick cannot finish a whole season (because he is a running QB) and he makes horrible decisions. The Jets found a guy who will the turn the ball over more than Sanchez – I didn’t know that was possible.

  66. realitypolice says: Mar 21, 2014 6:51 PM

    Every decision with this guy has been baffling.

    The extension, trading for Tebow, and now prolonging the inevitable and waiting to release him until just about every other team looking for a QB had picked someone up.

    So ends one of the strangest Team/QB relationships I’ve ever seen.

  67. turfczar57 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:53 PM

    Hopefully he’s heading to New England to replace Brady.

    -NY Jets

  68. pftisfulloftrolls says: Mar 21, 2014 6:54 PM

    There goes the NFL’s funniest QB ever.

    But on a serious note he can probably serve as a back-up somewhere.

  69. dirtdawg54 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:55 PM

    He had 14 games with a QB rating of 100+ (including playoffs). He also had 12 games with a rating of below 50. Yeah, at “his best” he could do neat things but anyone at their best could say that. The fact is, him being at his average meant he was far below the standards for QB play in the modern NFL.

  70. surfinbird1 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:58 PM

    Not a fan of Mark S. but this guy didn’t have a prayer of making it with the Jets. Who was his mentor there? Rex, a decent veteran qb or coach, fist pump, Shanana, who? They should be ashamed of how they brought the kid along and will most likely do the same to Geno if they don’t change the way they do things.

  71. fiegln says: Mar 21, 2014 6:59 PM

    CLE or MIN!

  72. souldogdave says: Mar 21, 2014 7:01 PM

    tatoo removal?

  73. hankstramjr says: Mar 21, 2014 7:05 PM

    Teenage girls all over the New York area breathe a sigh of relief.

  74. bamboozle99 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:09 PM

    They were good while they had Tomlinson catching check-downs from Sanchez all day long. Sanchez didn’t take them nowhere. He was sitting in the backseat.

  75. pgolf3 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:11 PM

    even Sanchez doesnt want to go to Cleveland

  76. cool10857 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:12 PM

    I’m going to miss his hair band. NOT. Good riddance to Sanchez. He’s the biggest bust in NFL history.

  77. isphet71 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:16 PM

    “Sanchize” was a surprisingly accurate nickname for him. The franchise was as good as he was while he was there.

  78. liquidchaoss says: Mar 21, 2014 7:16 PM

    Noway Sanchez comes to AZ to backup Palmer. Arians is head over heals for the current #2 QB in Stanton.

  79. andreboy1 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:21 PM

    If you compare Kap to Mark Sanchez then you simply don’t understand football.

  80. chrismireya says: Mar 21, 2014 7:21 PM

    The only thing worse than the Mark Sanchez “error” is the Geno Smith “error.”

    I predict that Michael Vick will be named the starter…until he is injured in Week 2.

  81. cl3veland says: Mar 21, 2014 7:22 PM

    Please Cleveland. For the love of God. DON’T even think about it. I’d rather have Spergon Wynn.

  82. sclazo says: Mar 21, 2014 7:22 PM

    And jets fans use to call him the Sanchize ROFL!

  83. jpalughi823 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:26 PM

    RIP butt fumble

  84. td30 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:30 PM

    this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you have to be very careful what you tattoo on your body

  85. tindeaux says: Mar 21, 2014 7:34 PM

    Good luck Mike Vick!
    Sanchez will prob be backup somewhere in the NFL.

  86. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:47 PM

    Sanchez would be perfect in MN. He’s certainly capable of being just as bad as any of their other QB’s.

  87. jaaxelson says: Mar 21, 2014 7:48 PM

    Sanchez should be just as happy to get the heck out of that town and away from that organization.

    He didn’t become a bad QB over night. He had a lot of help.

  88. csbanter says: Mar 21, 2014 7:48 PM

    Buffalo would be a good spot for him. Let him and EJ battle for QB job. Sanchez is better than Thad Lewis, c’mon. The Rams would be a good spot. Everyone ready to throw Sanchez on the street he’s not Tebow

  89. lolatpatshaters says: Mar 21, 2014 7:50 PM

    I thought that was Rex I saw at a tattoo parlor today….

  90. vegasgreek says: Mar 21, 2014 7:55 PM


  91. axespray says: Mar 21, 2014 7:55 PM

    I really really really want Mike Zimmer to pick up Mark at the airport – Rick Spielman introducing him in a press conference while signing Sanchez to a massive contract to play for the vikings.

    Rick, “Mark is the missing piece of the puzzle!”

    – Just for the Lulz.

  92. tangysizzl says: Mar 21, 2014 7:59 PM

    Bet hes a Viking before the weekend is over.

  93. j0esixpack says: Mar 21, 2014 8:00 PM

    Add that to Wrecks’ long list of broken “guarantees”

    “Sanchez will be the QB of the Jets as long as I’m coach”

    That’s of course on top of his back to back “guarantees” that Sanchez would lead them to a Championship

    Is it any wonder this guy has no credibility with his players?

  94. skol77 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:10 PM

    The real question is.

    What number will Rex change his tattoo to?

  95. faulkana says: Mar 21, 2014 8:11 PM

    I know that I will take a lot of crap for this, and I am ready!
    If Sanchez could lose the hairband thingy, I wouldn’t mind seeing him back-up Brady.
    I’ve seen him play some pretty good games. I think the Jets dragged him down a little.
    Hit me now!
    Thank you mother, may I have another?

  96. dellis07 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:13 PM

    Those are the words Jets fan been waiting to hear!

  97. pisano says: Mar 21, 2014 8:21 PM

    Again. Thank you God.

  98. j0esixpack says: Mar 21, 2014 8:22 PM

    If any team is smart they will sign Sanchez as he has a TON of good intel to share

    Specifically on how NOT to run a football team –

    i.e. DON’T let your coach guarantee a young QB with confidence issues will win the Super Bowl

    And when that doesn’t work DON’T let that idiot coach do the same thing again the next year

    And then when they fail to win, DON’T give your QB the kiss of death as a coach by GUARANTEEING that he’ll be your QB as long as you are head coach

    Yes, if anyone signs Sanchez and does the opposite of what he learned in New Jersey, they’ll go far

  99. jpaq68 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:24 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo

  100. bobbymo3 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:30 PM

    Green Bay would be great for Mark. McCarthy can fix him

  101. dallasbaby says: Mar 21, 2014 8:30 PM

    They should have cut him the first time he wore a headband

  102. bobbymo3 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:33 PM

    Green Bay perfect location they get good young backup and Mark can learn from the best

  103. glennh03 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:41 PM

    The surprise here is that Rex has a job.

    With a few exceptions (Luck, Wilson) any college QB needs patience, leadership and a team committed to his development. Jets did none/had none of the above – they saw him as their savior and expected him to do things he couldn’t/wasn’t equipped to do. Most college QBs need two years under an established starter – there are exceptions, but they are just that, exceptions.

    The Jets ruined Sanchez, destroyed his confidence and blamed him for their monumental f&*^%-ups.

    He was never going to be Brady or Manning but in a world where teams trade for Schaub, sign Fitzpatrick to 2-year deals and Ponder competes for a starting job he was capable of being an average QB. The competition level to be an average QB in the NFL these days isn’t that high. Sanchez was mis-handled and then blamed when it all went wrong in the circus that is Rex’s Jets.

    Vick is a desperation measure – there was no-one else to start as clearly Sanchez was gone – there was no trust left after the debacle of last pre-season. The relationship was simply untenable.

    The surprise is that teflon Rex is still around – seriously, what does he have to do to get fired?
    Rex is simply not head coach material – offensive or defensive coordinator – yes, but head coach no. The joke the Jets have become is proof enough – he’s the sales guy who consistently promises more than he knows the organization can deliver and then blames everyone else. His players love him, but as head coach they should respect him, not think of him as their buddy. Players don’t love Belichick, Carroll or Harbaugh – they respect them.

    After this year the Jets need to clean house – Rex and Idzik need to be gone. Rex for not being good enough, Idzik for keeping Rex and not seeing through the BS. He had the chance to fire him and instead doubled-down. Good franchises have stability and sensible, strategic heads – not knee jerk reactions, stupid tattoos and publicity seeking thrill seekers. Rex is out of his depth as a head coach and Idzik didn’t realize that until too late.

  104. u4iadman says: Mar 21, 2014 8:43 PM

    Extending the contract in 2012 when they did not have to was moronic. All should have been fired.
    Drafting Geno…well too early, but not good so far.
    Crapshoot with any of the QB’s except Luck who was considered sure thing and once in a decade, and he is.

  105. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 21, 2014 8:50 PM


    Thanks for the good times is all I will say…

  106. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 21, 2014 9:03 PM

    I’m petty sure this was implied when they drafted geno smith

  107. SAV says: Mar 21, 2014 9:04 PM

    If im Arizona Im calling, Tennessee, Denver, and Buffalo, but without a doubt-Cincy. If Dalton bums it Sanchez could be become the reverse Boomer Esiason.

  108. hungbob says: Mar 21, 2014 9:08 PM

    Pete Carroll was right, he came out too early, he should have stayed at USC for another year.

  109. jjackwagon says: Mar 21, 2014 9:14 PM

    Chokeland still needs a QB. Of course after they sign him they will…still need a QB.

  110. thetooloftools says: Mar 21, 2014 9:16 PM

    he still has game…

  111. oldcracker says: Mar 21, 2014 9:22 PM

    Somebody this bad has to wind up in Cleveland.

  112. weismobile says: Mar 21, 2014 9:34 PM

    A couple years in the Factory of Sadness and he’ll be begging to hold a clipboard for Mike Vick.

  113. ljscro says: Mar 21, 2014 9:35 PM

    Maybe he can be the back up to Tim Tebow. :p

  114. dlk47823 says: Mar 21, 2014 9:50 PM

    2015 starting QB for NE after another subpar year from Brady.

  115. bryantrulen says: Mar 21, 2014 10:11 PM

    The Jets are the definition of dysfunction a former number one draft pick quarterback is cut five years later while thehead coach who bought into Sanchez hook line and sinker remains !! LMAO J E T. S jets jets jets!!!!!!!

  116. Dogsweat says: Mar 21, 2014 11:10 PM

    Sanchez to the Raiders.

  117. scbaby2013 says: Mar 22, 2014 1:10 AM

    Glad he’s away from that mess. Hope he can resurrect his career. Have fun with geno and Michael ‘always injured’ Vick jets. I gotta admit the butt fumble was funny though

  118. djaehne says: Mar 22, 2014 1:55 AM

    kinda sporting that Charles Manson look…

  119. campcouch says: Mar 22, 2014 6:32 AM

    He fared a lot better than the majority of previous Jets QBs. His one losing season was the year that the FO dumped all of their starters and Revis was hurt. They gutted the team that went to the title game twice,then laid it on Sanchez when the team sucked. Same fans that labeled him Sanchise now say he stinks lol…then they draft Geno Smith,passing on guys like Kiko Alonso and Eddie Lacy. Now they’ve signed Mike Vick aka Geno Smith 1.0, who will probably be their starter. Seriously doubt that they spent all that coin on Decker to have Geno run to the sidelines every down lol.

  120. eagleswin says: Mar 22, 2014 7:50 AM

    That was bush league waiting this long to release him. They should’ve released him at the start of free agency.

  121. raiderrob21 says: Mar 22, 2014 9:23 AM

    Enjoy your TV opportunities like Jesse Palmer on the Bachelor. You did nothing in the NFL. The Jets D carried you in the 2? Playoff seasons.

    J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!!!!!!

  122. edisbetterthantroy says: Mar 22, 2014 10:10 AM

    Hey Mark, give me a call so we can catch some waves on the Cali coast brah…


    Kyle Boller

  123. dfwhawkguy says: Mar 22, 2014 10:22 AM

    Funny part is the QB the new guy drafted doesn’t look any better than the QB the old guy drafted. Raiders east…

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