Posted September 30, 2013

Mark Sanchez reportedly opts for shoulder surgery, ending 2013 season

AFC East, New York Jets
Could this be the last time we'll see Mark Sanchez in a Jets jersey?

Could this be the last time we’ll see Mark Sanchez in a Jets jersey? (Julio Cortez/AP)

Because Mark Sanchez’s relationship with the Jets simply cannot exist without a little chaos, Sanchez apparently has opted for surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. That decision comes less than a month after Sanchez opted to rehab the injury, thus leading to the Jets using their one and only IR-designated for return spot on him.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sanchez’s change of heart Monday. According to Rapoport, Sanchez’s surgery will come with a recovery timeline of four to six months, meaning the QB will not be ready to play again until after the 2013 season.

And so Sanchez’s time in New York likely will come to an end with a whimper. Rookie Geno Smith has taken charge of the No. 1 QB job, despite some turnover-prone ways thus far.

Even if Smith were to falter horribly, though, there’s almost no way the Jets would keep Sanchez around beyond 2013. Though he has three years left on his $58 million contract, Sanchez’s dead-money hit on the Jets’ cap drops from $17.5 million this season to $4.8 million next season, per OvertheCap.com. Cutting Sanchez after 2013 would save the Jets more than $30 million in salary-cap dough over the next three seasons.

Even with that inevitable split approaching, this latest twist is an unexpected one. Jets coach Rex Ryan said earlier this month that the team thought Sanchez would return sometime during the year.

“If we didn’t think it was realistic that Mark would get back on the field, we’d put him on injured reserve, and that’s not the case,” Ryan said. “He’s doing a great job in rehab. Our doctors and trainers are pleased.”

Whether the doctors’ opinions changed or Sanchez simply opted to go a different route in anticipation of being a free agent, we’ve almost certainly seen the last of Sanchez in green and white.

27 comments
mosmcom
mosmcom

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Anyone wonder if it's not the QBs? Maybe it's the coaching? Ryan seems to me a guy who does what he wants and then then blames the player if they can't execute. A good coach will make lemon-aid if they are handed lemons - not orange juice and then complain it doesn't taste like orange juice.

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Sad to hear Mark is out, he got the shaft, like Tebow did and someone should pay - FIRE REX! Amazing that the Jets management blamed Mark for his injury? Why was he even in there? Blame the idiot Ryan! Ryan ruined two great QBs last season and he was working on his new victim this season - Geno. At least with Mark out, Rex can stop his QB politics and Geno will get some space to breath.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"... meaning the QB will not be ready to play again until after the 2013 season." Great news for the Jets.

A1
A1

Seems to me the Jets are still paying Tebow too.  Geno, your time is up next year ... wonder which QB the Jets choose in the next draft?


DaveG
DaveG

The Jets/Ryan screwed him and now he's screwing the Jets right back.  I'm not a big Sanchez fan but putting him in that exhibition game the way they did was an intentional attempt to get him injured. 

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

The Jets want to set a record on the number of interceptions for their QB. While Mark is good at that Geno is better.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

If Sanchez is still getting paid, he's probably praying that the Jets cut him so he can move on from a sinking ship they're trying to blame him for. 

kj4027
kj4027

Matt Harvey should follow suit.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

At least he taught Geno how to buttfumble before he left.

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

I wonder if his career is over. Hope he saves his money wisely. He can live comfortable with what he has earned. I just don't see anyone needing him as a backup. The Jets can dump him but it will costs them money.

me1
me1

Smart decision. He gets paid no matter what. Why put yourself at risk for a team that doesn't want him? Let Geno keep tossing interceptions...he will set a record this year.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Geno Smith has "taken charge" of the #1 QB position for the Jets?  He's playing because they knew Mark wasn't the answer and they took Geno with a high draft pick.  He's playing for that reason.  He has NOT taken charge of the #1 position.

There are articles on line now talking about replacing Geno with Simms due to how poorly he's playing.  

That's NOT taking charge of the number 1 QB position.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

After watching the Jets game on Sunday, I would go on injured reserve also. Why threaten the rest of his career, provided he has a career left and it's not like there is still a love affair  with these two. I guess Rex has found a new niche. Some players are known as coach killers Rex is a QB killer.  Just unbelievable.  

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Sanchez knows he is gone after this year.........

AndrewNestico
AndrewNestico

@★¸•*¸.•*´¸.¤˜¨¨¯¯¨¨˜“☆¨¨˜”★ He ruined "2 great QB's"?  Which team were you watching?  Sancheze demise was partly his fault but mostly the Jets.  They gave him very little in the way of resources, e.g. solid QB coach, consistent and experienced OC, play-making weapons.  But Mark was never a "great" QB.  I'm guessing the other QB you are referring to is Tim Tebow.  Seriously?  That's probably why he's on the comeback trail with another team right now, right?  Great guy.  Heck of an athlete.  Not an NFL QB.

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@LohikaarmeLast season's QB picks was a freak thing. A crop of really good QBs moved up into the NFL. That is making this crop of QBs look bad. The team management and coaches are treating players like a Madden game. Nowadays, if they don't shine like Stafford, Luck, RG3...etc....they suck. I don't care how good they were in college or what their stats were, the NFL is a whole new ball game and they need to adjust, to fit and find the groove to become a team. 

geewhiz
geewhiz

@ImmaFubared Some desperate team will give him a shot.  But yea, hes loaded either way.

kj4027
kj4027

@ImmaFubared 8.5m guaranteed this season. They pay him whether he plays or not.

kj4027
kj4027

@Sportsfan18 It's been reported many times that Smith does not have the intelligence to handle a pro-style offense. He got by in college on his athletic ability. Completely different in the pros. Every QB in the league should study Peyton. That man is constantly learning and trying correct mistakes. Even after he throws 4td's he is on the sidelines looking at film. Most other players are too busy strutting and preening.