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So Long From The Sanchize: Former Jets QB Says Bye To Fans, May Be Headed To Philly

Trading places? In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, greets New York Jets' Mark Sanchez after a preseason NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The  Jets signed Vick and released Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. One of Sanchez's suitors are the Philadelphia Eagles.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Trading places? In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, greets New York Jets' Mark Sanchez after a preseason NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets signed Vick and released Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. One of Sanchez's suitors are the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Mark Sanchez said so long to the New York Jets.

The recently released quarterback thanked the team, its fans and his former teammates in an open letter he posted a link to on his Twitter page on Monday.

"Playing quarterback for the New York Jets has been the thrill of my young career," Sanchez wrote. "We shared some incredible moments that I'll never forget."

Sanchez, cut last Friday when the Jets signed former Philadelphia Eagle Michael Vick, said there were "some tough times, but mostly good times," highlighting the consecutive trips to the AFC championship game in his first two seasons in 2009 and 2010.

"It's time to move on," Sanchez said, "but before I do, I want to thank you for supporting me and my brothers in green and white." He ends the letter by telling his former teammates, "I love you guys and I'll miss the good times we shared."

Sanchez, drafted fifth overall in 2009, is a free agent who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury suffered in the Jets' third preseason game against the Giants — paving the way for rookie Geno Smith to start every game.

Sanchez's release was listed Monday on the NFL's transaction wire as "failed physical," but he is already throwing and is expected to be ready in time for training camp. The Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams are among the teams believed to have interest, although he would likely need to pass a physical before he is signed.

On Sunday, Rams coach, Jeff Fisher, told USA Today that "there certainly would be interest [in Sanchez]." Apart from starter Sam Bradford, "I don't have a backup with experience on the roster right now.''

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted out a message suggesting that the New York Giants might also be interested in Sanchez, but when the New York Post asked Giants general manager, Jerry Reese, about the rumor on Monday, he replied, “First I’ve heard of that. But you never say never.”

ESPN reported that Sanchez "is expected to sign" with the Eagles on Monday night. He would start out the season as the team's third-string quarterback behind Nick Foles and Matt Barkley.

Sanchez, 27, tore the labrum in his right shoulder against the Giants and needed surgery to repair it last October. He had three years remaining on his contract, but the move saved the Jets $8.3 million in salary cap space.

He has thrown for 12,092 yards in his NFL career with 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions, but also had a league-leading 52 turnovers during the 2011-12 seasons.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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