New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday and as a result his time with the team is likely over.
Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure to repair a torn labrum Sanchez suffered during the team’s third preseason game. Andrews and other doctors advised Sanchez to undergo surgery after he underwent seven weeks of rehabilitation.
Sanchez said the following in a statement:
I’m very disappointed that I can’t be out there to help my team on the field. But I’ll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can.
The Jets selected Sanchez with the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC and he was anointed the starter early in his rookie season. Despite having all the tools to be a legitimate franchise quarterback in the NFL, Sanchez could never fully put it all together with the Jets.
In 62 career games, Sanchez has completed 55.1 percent of his passes, for 12,092 yards, with 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions. His quarterback rating over his four seasons in the NFL is a dismal 71.7. But against all odds, he led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in both 2009 and 2010.
Despite failing to surround Sanchez with any real playmakers on offense and sporting a horrendous offensive line, the Jets decided to sign the quarterback to a five-year, $58.25 million contract with $20.5 million guaranteed in March of 2012. Yes, instead of investing in improving the team around him, the Jets signed their shaky quarterback to a big-money extension. Obviously that wasn’t the best decision in NFL history.
The Jets have clearly moved on as they are off to a 3-2 start with rookie Geno Smith under center.
Sanchez has never been a bad kid, and I’ve actually been impressed with how he’s handled himself with the New York media in the face of withering criticism. But clearly things haven’t worked out for him in the NFL so far. His time in New York is certainly over, but given his tools he will almost certainly get a shot to catch on with another NFL team if he is released by the Jets.