The Mark Sanchez era ended today as the Gang Green finally parted ways with their first round bust whom they drafted at #5 overall in 2009. Former #1 overall, QB Michael Vick, was signed to a 1-year deal to compete with QB Geno Smith for the starting spot. Sanchez was due a $2M roster bonus on March 25, so the Jets had no choice but release him at this point. The Jets will save $8.3M against this year's cap, incurring $4.8M in "dead" money on the cap.
After leading the Jets to two straight AFC Championship Games in his first two NFL seasons, QB Mark Sanchez began struggling mightily when the Gang Green lost their high-powered running game. In four full seasons in the league Sanchez just once crossed the 55 percent completion mark. His career stats with the Jets are 55.1% completion rate, 12,092 yards, 68 TD, 69 INT.
Vick, 34, who was originally drafted at #1 overall by the Falcons, could also be considered a 1st round disappointment. But, unlike the released Jets signal caller, he did make four trips to the Pro Bowl. Vick's career completion rate is on par with Sanchez - 56.2%, but he has a much better TD/INT ratio - 128/85. He's also scored 36 rushing touchdowns and averaged over 7 yards/carry. Vick's contract is reportedly worth $5M. In his career Vick has played in all 16 games only once, in 2006.
Last year's starter, Geno Smith, will now definitely be under a lot of pressure. As soon as he starts struggling, the crowd will relentlessly start calling for Vick who has playoff experience with both Atlanta and Philadelphia.