Mark Sanchez’s NFL career hasn’t gone as well as hoped for a player taken fifth overall in the 2009 draft. A free agent this offseason after not playing for the Chicago Bears in 2017, Sanchez is seeking a fourth different team since the New York Jets cut him in 2014.
However, potential suitors won’t have Sanchez’s services for the first quarter of the upcoming season after news broke Friday he has been suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Source: free agent QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 13, 2018
Sanchez quickly took to Instagram to state his case, attributing the positive test to “unknowing supplement contamination.”
Sanchez last saw action in 2016 when he appeared in two games with the Dallas Cowboys. His last start was in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles and his last win as a starter was with the Eagles in 2014.
The former USC quarterback spent last season with the Bears as a backup to Mike Glennon and rookie Mitch Trubisky but did not see the field.
Sanchez played for USC from 2006-08, throwing for 3,207 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior in 2008 in leading the Trojans to a 12-1 record. After the Jets drafted him, he started 62 games in four seasons and threw 68 TDs with 69 interceptions.