New York Jets confirm Mark Sanchez release

New York Jets' Mark Sanchez in action on August 17, 2013
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The New York Jets announce that they have released quarterback Mark Sanchez after five seasons with the club.

The New York Jets have confirmed that they have released veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez led the Jets to two AFC championship game appearances in his first two seasons at the club after being selected sixth overall in the 2009 Draft.

However, he struggled in the 2011 and the 2012 campaigns, while an injury ruled him out of the 2013 season and he was replaced by rookie Geno Smith.

Head coach Rex Ryan told the club's official website: "I'd like to thank Mark for everything he's done for this team and me personally.

"We were rookies together and had some early success, becoming the first rookie head coach and quarterback to go to back-to-back championship games.

"We experienced a lot together and I really appreciate Mark. He's a great player, a great teammate, and I wish him nothing but the best."

The Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick to replace Sanchez on their roster.

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