The Dallas Cowboys moved fast as they sign the veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez to presumably be the backup QB of Dak Prescott for the Week 1 of the upcoming National Football League regular season. Sanchez was the favorite for the job earlier in the offseason, but he all but played his way out of Denver. Every team has one _ yes, even the Broncos figured out who will take the snaps Peyton Manning hoarded so well the last for years.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Mark Sanchez, Denver's biggest offseason acquisition, didn't make the roster, saving the Broncos $3.5 million and a seventh-round draft pick.
With the move, the Broncos save $4.5 million and don't have to pay the Philadelphia Eagles a 7th-round pick. That led to the likely result of the Broncos simply cutting Sanchez loose to fend for himself. He will serve as a "mentor" to starting QB Trevor Siemian and rookie QB Paxton Lynch, ESPN reports.
After a reported attempt to trade the veteran to the quarterback-needy Cowboys, Denver chose to outright release Sanchez on Saturday.
He caught two TD passes from Lynch in the final preseason game.
Sanchez was 20-of-30 passing for 219 yards and one touchdown with one interception in two preseason appearances. It was a quick stop in the Mile High City for the former fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Broncos have named Siemian the starting quarterback for now, though his inexperience may force a change down the line.
After losing the Broncos' quarterback competition to Trevor Siemian this summer, Sanchez hit the open market as a free agent searching for his fourth team since 2012. Sanchez has recorded 15,126 yards, 86 touchdowns and 84 interceptions in his seven year career.