With the New York Jets’ release of Mark Sanchez earlier today, the”Sanchise” era has come to a close. In his first two seasons in the league, Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC title game, and the future looked exceptionally bright. He was lauded as the fresh face of the franchise. He embodied the youth and optimism that bubbled around the 2009 and 2010 teams. He was expected to lead the team to its first title since 1969.
But alas, it was not to be. In the last couple of seasons he is remembered as much for his part in the quarterback drama that enveloped the team then for leading the them into mediocrity. He was the leading man in the Soap Opera that was the New York Jets. Without Sanchez, the term “buttfumble” would never have been introduced into football lexicon. Ah, the memories.
If he were still on the team in four days, Sanchez would have received a $2 million dollar bonus. With his release, the Jets will save more than $8 million over the next couple of years, although Sanchez is still owed almost $5 million dollars this season, which will count against the salary cap. With his departure, the Jets are turning a new leaf in their history.
At the same time the Jets released Sanchez, they signed former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to a one year deal. Vick, who spent 18 months in prison for dogfighting, is expected to compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith for the starting job. The 33-year-old Vick will be owed $5 million dollars in the upcoming year. If he doesn’t win the starting job, Vick is expected to be a mentor for Geno Smith as he continues to mature.
This date, March 21, 2014, will be remembered in history as the final chapter in the Mark Sanchez era. This tumultuous time will leave a searing imprint in the minds of Jets fans. It’s a shame that something that once looked so promising had to end like this.
However, we must look forward the future. Jet fans: Say hello to Michael Vick