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Sanchez’s release comes 26 months after Rex’s vow

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The curious, confounding career of Mark Sanchez has ended in New York, less than five years after it began.

The decision to cut Sanchez comes only two years and four months after coach Rex Ryan made a clear and unequivocal vow regarding Sanchez’s tenure with the team.

“He’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I am here, which I hope is a long, long time,” Ryan said in November 2011.  “We know we got the right guy.”

They still believed that after the 2011 season, signing Sanchez to a contract extension with so much guaranteed money over the first two years that there was no way out of the deal after a disastrous 2012, which included the infamous, nationally-televised “butt fumble” on Thanksgiving night.  That same year, the Jets traded for Tim Tebow, an experiment that failed as badly as an experiment ever has failed since the day Peter Brady showed off his volcano to Marcia and her snooty friends.

Last year, Geno Smith became the de facto replacement for Sanchez via round two of the draft.  But for a preseason shoulder injury during garbage time of the annual exhibition game against the Giants that Ryan seems to think actually matters, Sanchez would have played at some point in the season.  He possibly would have been the opening-day starter.

Lost in the last three seasons is the fact that Sanchez won four postseason road games during his first two NFL seasons, beating Carson Palmer in Cincinnati, Philip Rivers in San Diego, Peyton Manning in Indianapolis (his final game there as a member of the Colts), and Tom Brady in Foxborough.

His exit allows the Jets to avoid $11 million in non-guaranteed compensation, making the 2009 top-five pick a free agent.  And unless Mike Vick opts to wear Sanchez’s No. 6, it means that Ryan will have to alter a tattoo that’s nearly as notorious as Sanchez’s signature blunder into the backside of Brandon Moore.

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44 Responses to “Sanchez’s release comes 26 months after Rex’s vow”
  1. anicra says: Mar 21, 2014 7:03 PM

    Raiders signing soon.
    ButtFumble part deux coming soon!

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 21, 2014 7:04 PM

    But the title of this horror story was always “The Idzik Irregularity” starring Mario Lopez as QB1.

  3. bucrightoff says: Mar 21, 2014 7:05 PM

    This is why you should never, ever, get anyone’s name tattoo’d on you except your mom or dad or maybe a dead pet. But otherwise it’s almost destined to bite you.

  4. barsfordays says: Mar 21, 2014 7:06 PM

    The NY Jets defense won those games.

  5. spartyownsyou says: Mar 21, 2014 7:07 PM

    The ball hit Brandon Moore’s back. The term “butt fumble” is extremely idiotic.
    Someone said it and now all the sheep repeat it even though his butt had absolutely nothing to do with it. Watch the video on youtube right now and you’ll see that I’m right.

  6. weaselpuppy says: Mar 21, 2014 7:08 PM

    Yeah, remember all the EC media hype about how he was better than Stafford a couple years ago??

    Big ol bucket of Notsomuch for ya now.

  7. mickton says: Mar 21, 2014 7:13 PM

    Bye byebybye bye nacho
    It’s nacho job anymore

  8. ngw8070 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:17 PM

    The decision to cut Sanchez comes only two years and four months after coach Rex Ryan made a clear and unequivocal vow regarding Sanchez’s tenure with the team.

    26 Months is 2 years and 2 months

  9. calibear831 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:18 PM

    The DEFENSE beat Carson palmer, Peyton manning,phillip rivers and Tom brady

  10. indywilson40 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:21 PM

    Ultimate proof that teams beat teams, quarterbacks don’t beat quarterbacks.

  11. thundergunxpres says: Mar 21, 2014 7:21 PM

    Uh sparty Sanchez’ face smashes into moores butt, check it out some time

  12. patssox says: Mar 21, 2014 7:25 PM

    Rex never says what’s real. He just says what he wants to hear come out of his mouth. He’s a laughingstock.

  13. sbs0311 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:26 PM

    For five years, he was a bust draft pick carried by his defense on this website. Now he’s the QB who defeated a list of elite QBs in the playoffs.

    Such a self-serving, look at me post but not the least bit surprising considering the source.

    Take a poll of the other 31 GMs and see how many would rather Sanchez as starting QB than anyone on the current roster. This “article” was beyond a waste of time.

  14. golfsox78 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:32 PM

    Come on spartyownsyou – Butt-fumble is a classic. Get a sense of humor.

  15. elwaysagenius says: Mar 21, 2014 7:32 PM

    Thats 28 months.

  16. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2014 7:33 PM

    It’s about time, I can’t believe they kept him for so long, the guy sucks bad.

  17. EJ says: Mar 21, 2014 7:44 PM

    Getting a tattoo of either your significant other, your teen heart throb or even your local NFL Quarterback will always come back to haunt you. I believe by the laws of tattooing you must split from one another after said tattoo is applied, by no more than two years.

  18. kylexitron says: Mar 21, 2014 7:46 PM

    10 dollars he ends up in new England after mallett is traded.

  19. axespray says: Mar 21, 2014 7:51 PM

    Mike Tannenbum sucked.

  20. patsbrat says: Mar 21, 2014 7:53 PM

    Even if Sanchez never plays another down, he is still sitting on more money that we will ever see in our lives. It is no surprise that he got cut, but still hard to feel sorry for him.

  21. pisano says: Mar 21, 2014 8:20 PM

    Thank you God, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.

  22. kev86 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:32 PM

    He also said jets were going to be better than giants for next ten years before 2011. Giants beat jets on Xmas eve that year and won the SB. Jets have been a mess ever since.

  23. thos222 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:38 PM

    The sad thing is Reggie McKenzie probably would love to have Sanchez as the Raider QB. Mr. McKenzie has the same achilles heal as Al Davis, THE QUARTERBACK.

  24. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:47 PM

    Pre-season 2011, Rex proclaims the Jets the new Big Brother of football in New York, and promises a Super Bowl.

    November 2011, Rex makes this promise about
    Sanchez.

    Christmas Eve 2011, Victor Cruz drops a 99 on the Jets, and they’ve never recovered.

  25. oldcracker says: Mar 21, 2014 8:51 PM

    Somebody this bad has to wind up in Cleveland.

  26. jayovalentine says: Mar 21, 2014 9:03 PM

    Down goes another overrated USC QB ! :-O

  27. bgu42 says: Mar 21, 2014 9:05 PM

    Sanchez will have the last laugh here, he had 2 decent years with the other years under horrible OC’s, I would take Sanchez anyday over the 2 meatballs we have now…..Way to go Idzik, that defense is looking like a real force to be reckon with….. who do they think they are gonna stop with these DB’s?? I actually feel sorry for Rex now….Cue the circus music, its coming back to town…

  28. dwoofer says: Mar 21, 2014 9:40 PM

    Oh, yeah, Ryan…Sanchez was so MUCH better than Tebow, right? It’s hard to maintain a lie.

  29. rajbais says: Mar 21, 2014 9:51 PM

    And 16 months after the “butt fumble”.

  30. commonsensedude says: Mar 21, 2014 10:03 PM

    How many years and months will it be before the Jets release Ryan?

  31. chawk12thman says: Mar 21, 2014 10:23 PM

    Rex wasn’t off by much as 26 months is an eternity in the NFL……

  32. ufools says: Mar 21, 2014 10:25 PM

    God he is a horrible QB

  33. cnote82 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:14 PM

    My guess is whatever coach said this has already been fired.

  34. motsuret06 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:47 PM

    To Cleveland we will go….to Cleveland we will go…hi ho, the merrio, to Cleveland we will go. The mistake by the lake….home of some big draft busts.

  35. eugenesaxe1 says: Mar 22, 2014 12:20 AM

    Nothing is forever except death and stupid. And death can occasionally be cheated.

  36. kd75 says: Mar 22, 2014 12:48 AM

    But Rex still has that tattoo…

  37. gavriloprincip33 says: Mar 22, 2014 2:30 AM

    Ship him to Dallas; with Weeds and Romo, they need a fashion model…

  38. lagg1 says: Mar 22, 2014 6:34 AM

    I was skeptical of Sanchez from the beginning. He only made 16 starts in college. A college qb should make at least 24 or 26 starts before the pros become first round interested. Sanchez was too easily rattled in New York.

  39. longislandblitz says: Mar 22, 2014 7:27 AM

    Mark Sanchez is will end up in Oakland or Clevland maybe even NE

  40. annes22 says: Mar 22, 2014 8:58 AM

    We all know Rex is a “gas bag” so what’s strange about this.

  41. jimmysee says: Mar 22, 2014 9:18 AM

    Hello He Lied. The new best seller by Rex Ryan.

  42. gpete1962 says: Mar 22, 2014 9:31 AM

    Can Captain hair Band finally come out?

  43. number1skinsfan says: Mar 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA BYE MARKY MARK

  44. acurat says: Mar 23, 2014 3:45 PM

    Bucs and Jets – let the QB copycat begin. They both drafted five years ago in the first round – Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman. Neither made it past five seasons with their first franchise. Both were cut the same end point (one during season 5, one after).

    Both were replaced initially by a second round (Geno Smith) and third round (Mike Glennon) QB drafted last year. While Mike Glennon had a few good games, so did Geno Smith. Neither had a great year (Glennon scored 75 or lower in his QB score his last four starts when opposing teams figured out how to beat him).

    Now both the Jets and Bucs picked up cast offs from other teams. Michael Vick is from Philidelphia, Josh McCown the Bears. For some reason, I don’t think either team is done yet – they both may be drafting yet again this year. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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