Mark Sanchez Reportedly to Sign with Cowboys After Release by Broncos

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez stands during the national anthem before a preseason NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, in Denver. Trevor Siemian is Peyton Manning's successor. Coach Gary Kubiak told the team Monday, Aug. 29, 2016,  that Siemian will be the starting quarterback when the Broncos face Carolina in the season opener Sept. 8. Kubiak informed Siemian, Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision before telling their teammates. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
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After the Denver Broncos announced Trevor Siemian won the starting quarterback job over Mark Sanchez on Aug. 29, it was clear Sanchez's time in Denver was over. On Saturday, the team officially made the move to end his tenure with the Broncos, but he didn't remain unemployed for long. 

Continue for updates.

Sanchez Reportedly Will Sign with Cowboys

Saturday, Sept. 3 

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported Sanchez plans to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, giving the Cowboys the veteran backup they wanted for rookie Dak Prescott.  

On Aug. 29, Jane Slater of NFL Network reported that the Broncos have reached out to the Cowboys about a possible Sanchez trade, but the Cowboys weren't interested in Sanchez at his salary.

Sanchez Reportedly Released 

Saturday, Sept. 3

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Broncos released Sanchez on Saturday.

Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk reported on Aug. 29 the Broncos were attempting to trade Sanchez. 

Vikings Reportedly Interested in Sanchez 

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported the Minnesota Vikings are "strongly considering" bringing Sanchez in after Teddy Bridgewater injured his knee during Tuesday's practice, ending his season:

On Tuesday, Benjamin Allbright of CBSSports.com reported the Vikings "were already sniffing around Sanchez" as a potential backup quarterback prior to the injury.

Kubiak Comments on Sanchez's Future with Broncos

Monday, Aug. 29

"Mark has done a great job throughout the course of the offseason and training camp," Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters. "We're in the process of putting this football team together right now. So that's going to take up the next three or four days."

Sanchez May Still be Able to Help Team 

Sanchez, 29, seemed like the unquestioned front-runner to replace Peyton Manning in Denver after the Broncos acquired him from the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, the job went to Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round pick who has taken one regular-season NFL snap (a kneel-down).

"The thing about replacing Peyton—nobody is going to replace Peyton," Siemian said, per Andrew Mason of the team's official website. "Those shoes are a little too big to fill. For me, I'm not reading too much into anything and trying to be the best teammate and leader I can be."

Siemian started the last two preseason games, including Saturday's win over the Los Angeles Rams. Rookie Paxton Lynch played the entire second half as Sanchez sat out so head coach Gary Kubiak could get a look at his two young quarterbacks.

Sanchez is anything but an above-average option, but you know what you're getting. Having him on the roster a roster in case of injury will provide his next team with a veteran option.

Sanchez spent the last two seasons with the Eagles, showing marked improvement from his early struggles with the New York Jets. Over the two campaigns, he threw for 18 touchdowns against 15 interceptions across 13 games, 10 of which were starts. After completing 55.1 percent of his passes for the Jets, Sanchez improved that mark to 64.3 percent for the Eagles.


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