Jets release Mark Sanchez; sign former Eagles QB Michael Vick

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QB Mark Sanchez was released from the Jets earlier on Friday. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11)– The New York Jets have released quarterback Mark Sanchez after he missed the entire 2013 season due to injury, according to the team.

Sanchez, who played with the Jets since 2009, has posted a 37-31 record as starter and led Gang Green to consecutive AFC Championship appearances.

“I’d like to thank Mark for everything he’s done for this team and me personally,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “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 didn’t take long to mourn over his loss, they signed free agent quarterback Michael Vick to join the competition at the position for the rest of the 2014 season.

Chicago Bears v Philadelphia Eagles

QB Michael Vick will be wearing a different green this season–as a member of the Jets. (Getty Images)

Vick,33, as a regular season starter has thrown 128 touchdown passes and 85 interceptions and has led both the Eagles and Falcons to playoff births. He also pleaded guilty to federal felony charges in connection with dog-fighting and served 21 months in prison.

“It means a lot to have the chance to come in and play for a great organization that had a lot of success last year and being on the brink of doing some good things,” Vick said early this evening. “Maybe I can come here and be an asset whenever my number’s called. I’m excited, I’m elated, and I feel like this is a great opportunity for me and my family.”