Quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t have to wait very long before getting a new job.
The Denver Broncos decided to release Sanchez as they set their final roster for the 2016 season but the Dallas Cowboys acted quickly to snatch up the Sanchize.
The Broncos added Sanchez to their roster in the offseason via trade with Philadelphia in hopes he could serve as a decent placeholder to lead a transition from the Peyton Manning years to whoever would be deemed the next franchise quarterback. That, of course, turned out to be Paxton Lynch, whom the Broncos drafted.
In the preseason, however, Sanchez proved ineffective and unimpressive while Trevor Siemian would go on to win the starting job. Just like that, the Broncos started to shop Sanchez, but no teams went biting. That led to the likely result of the Broncos simply cutting Sanchez loose to fend for himself.
Sam Bradford vs. Mark Sanchez the last two years. One netted a 1st & 4th. The other was released for nothing. pic.twitter.com/7pBF66uWOx
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) September 3, 2016
The good news for Sanchez is that there are teams in need of quarterback depth. Minnesota may have been one of them but the Vikings made a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Sam Bradford, who Sanchez backed up last year in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, with Tony Romo recently going down to an injury and Kellen Moore going down earlier in the preseason, the Dallas Cowboys were left with rookie Dak Prescott and… who even knows. So, adding Sanchez became a pretty obvious move for Dallas.
— NFL (@NFL) September 3, 2016
Sanchez will be expected to take on a backup role behind the rookie out of Mississippi State. Prescott had an impressive preseason when he got on the field, although he could very well hit some speed bumps in the regular season. Sanchez can still be a nice asset to have around on the sideline to help Prescott get adjusted to life in the NFL.
What is interesting is that the NFL’s website and Twitter account made the news official, while Ed Werder reported 30 minutes later the Cowboys were only in the discussion phase with Sanchez. Hmm…
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 3, 2016
Of course, the addition of Sanchez in Dallas has drawn some interesting comments.
I just hope Mark Sanchez doesn't have to play for my Cowboys. He's the ultimate accident waiting to happen.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 3, 2016
Why are they doing Mark Sanchez in this manner, I'm highly upset w/ such a thin market for QB's he's treated like this…
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 3, 2016