Free agent Mark Sanchez suspended 4 games for PED violation

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However, he had hit the free agent market this season where he has remained unsigned as the draft nears closer.

Former USC and Mission Viejo High quarterback Mark Sanchez acknowledged on social media Friday that he has been suspended for four games by the NFL for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Sanchez, who said he was blindsided by the suspension, said he had only tested positive for banned substances in one test. During the past 9 seasons, I have been subject to 73 drug tests - an average of over 8 tests per season - and all but one have been clean.

Sanchez put a statement on Instagram acknowledging the suspension and placing the blame on "unknowing supplement contamination". I have taken the same regimen of supplements for the past five years without issues.

Sanchez was the Jets first-round draft pick in 2009 and took the team to two consecutive AFC Championships but has been relegated to a backup since leaving NY after the 2012 season.

Sanchez had his best season statistically with the Jets in 2011, when he threw for 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns. Sanchez hasn't made a start since 2015. He was a starter for NY from 2009-12 and established career bests of 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2011.

Sanchez last played in a game during the 2016 season for the Dallas Cowboys. His career got off to a fast start in NY after he helped guide the Jets to the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons in the NFL.

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