(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) — Geno Smith may be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets now, but the former starter, Mark Sanchez, hopes to remain with the team for the foreseeable future.
“There’s no doubt about that,” Sanchez said of remaining with the team. “It’s been a dream come true to play here and I don’t want to go anywhere else, that’s for sure. I know I have [three] years left, and I don’t ever want that to end. I love being a Jet and I plan on being here.”
Sanchez spoke for the first time publicly since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery after suffering the injury during the preseason.
The 27-year old Sanchez started off his Jets career with tremendous success as he took the team to back-to-back AFC Championship games. But he regressed the following two seasons, and failed to spark much confidence as the team decided to draft Smith in the second round of the 2013 draft.
Despite his optimism, Sanchez is expected to be released as he is set to make $14 million in 2014 with no guarantee he even starts for the team.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN