Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) walks off the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Jets win 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets likely to release quarterback Mark Sanchez

When the New York Jets open the 2014 season, they’ll likely be void of former quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to be released in the coming weeks/months.

Due a $2 million dollar roster bonus in March, the Jets aren’t likely to bring Sanchez back next season which lead the New York Post to suggest Sanchez will be axed in the near future:

Smith’s status may be unclear, but he will be on the team next season. The same probably won’t be true of Mark Sanchez, whose expensive contract will likely cause the Jets to cut him in the offseason. Idzik didn’t say anything Tuesday to make that seem less likely.

“We’ll get to that in time. He is a Jet. We consider all our guys New York Jets until we make a decision or something happens that changes that,” Idzik said of the veteran quarterback who had season-ending shoulder surgery in October. “So with Mark — I met with him yesterday as well — our focus is to get him healthy, just as it has been really the entire season and then we’ll take it from there.”

Coming off shoulder surgery, Sanchez wasn’t much of an asset when healthy. Now dealing with lingering arm issues and a relatively expensive contract, there’s little reason for the Jets to keep Sanchez on the roster – especially with all of their eggs in the Geno Smith basket (at least for now).

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