New York Jets backup quarterback Mark Sanchez is set to be released this offseason before a $2 million roster bonus must be paid out, and he’s expected to receive some interest on the open market. Although conventional wisdom would state that a QB who has never completed more than 56.7% of his passes, threw 18 interceptions in 2011 and 2012, and is coming off of a season-ending injury would never receive starting interest, it was reported a few weeks ago that Sanchez would be in “high demand” and receive starting interest on the free agent market if he is indeed released. Pretty crazy, right?
Per a source close to the New York Post’s Brian Costello, Sanchez underwent a minor, clean-up procedure on his left knee during the season. Costello reports that doctors decided to perform “maintenance” surgery on Sanchez’s knee after looking at it when his shoulder surgery was scheduled. The shoulder injury was obviously the major one, but his knee scope wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t need shoulder surgery to repair his torn labrum.
Sanchez’s knee is completely healed up now, and he’s progressing well from his shoulder injury. I hope no team seriously considers him of starting quality, but he is a former first-round pick and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few teams feel like they could coach him up and surround him with better talent than the Jets did.