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Mark Sanchez | Quarterback | #3

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (5) / NYJ
Contract: view contract details

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The Cowboys could be facing punishment from the NFL for negotiating with Mark Sanchez while he was still under contract with the Broncos.
The Cowboys were given permission to speak with Sanchez while the Broncos were still pursuing a trade but it appears the sides had already come to an agreement before his release became official on Saturday. Tampering can be a gray area but the Chiefs lost a third-round pick for similar negotiations with Jeremy Maclin last offseason. After being the odd man out in Denver, Sanchez will now open the year as Dak Prescott's backup in Dallas. Sep 4 - 10:04 AM

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Cowboys signed QB Mark Sanchez, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

He can earn another $3.375 million though playing-time incentives. Sanchez finds a new gig the same day he was released by the Broncos. In Dallas, he'll be rookie Dak Prescott's clipboard holder as the No. 2 until Tony Romo (back) is ready to return. The Broncos tried to engage the Cowboys in trade talks for Sanchez, but they weren't willing to part with a pick and pay his salary.
Sep 3 - 4:21 PM

Broncos released QB Mark Sanchez.

Acquired for a conditional seventh-rounder in March, Sanchez was soundly outplayed by second-year UDFA Trevor Siemian. Sanchez's career has been a slow-dripping downward spiral since his first snap. Sanchez is still only 29, and a class act, but he isn't good enough at football. He'll hunt for No. 2 work, but it could be a while before he finds it.
Sep 3 - 3:59 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are still working to trade Mark Sanchez.

In the cut-day dance, leaking you are attempting to trade someone is the final step before officially releasing them. With Sanchez destined for the street, there is little chance another team will give up anything of value. Trevor Siemian will open the season as the Broncos' starter.
Sep 3 - 1:54 PM

NFL Network's Jane Slater reports the Broncos have contacted the Cowboys regarding a trade of Mark Sanchez.

That's much different than the Cowboys contacting the Broncos. According to Slater, the Cowboys aren't interested in Sanchez at his current $4.5 million salary, so he'd have to take a pay cut to facilitate a deal. The Cowboys are looking for an experienced clipboard-holder for rookie Dak Prescott. Sanchez fits the profile. It's become clear Sanchez isn't long for Denver.
Aug 29 - 7:29 PM

Pro Football Talk reports the Broncos are attempting to trade Mark Sanchez.

This is standard procedure before a team cuts a player who could have value on the trade market. Considering they sent a conditional pick to the Eagles to land Sanchez, the Broncos likely need to get a better pick in return to make the deal profitable. It is unlikely they will, meaning Sanchez should be cut in the near future.
Aug 29 - 12:49 PM

Mark Sanchez didn't play in Saturday's preseason game.

The fact that Sanchez was glued to a clipboard for Denver's regular season dress rehearsal tells you all you need to know about his "competition" with Trevor Siemian, but it doesn't necessarily mean he will be cut. Sanchez is a known commodity to anyone who has watched NFL football since 2009. The Broncos needed to see as much of Siemian and Paxton Lynch as possible. Sanchez's release remains a distinct possibility, of course. Cutting him would save $4.5 million, and get the Broncos their seventh-round pick back.
Aug 28 - 12:25 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the draft pick Denver traded for Mark Sanchez was a conditional pick.

That means the Broncos will not owe the Eagles anything if they decide to release Sanchez at final cuts. After losing out to Trevor Siemian for the starting job, Sanchez now appears to be competing with rookie Paxton Lynch for his roster spot. The Broncos could also save $3.5 million by releasing Sanchez.
Aug 23 - 12:26 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis confirms Mark Sanchez has fallen behind Trevor Siemian in the Broncos' quarterback battle.

Sanchez is now in danger of losing the backup job to rookie Paxton Lynch. "The competition may no longer be Siemian vs. Sanchez," wrote Klis, "but Siemian vs. Lynch." Klis suggests Sanchez's roster spot isn't secure if he can't hold off Lynch due to a $4.5 million salary, all of which would come off of Denver's cap were Sanchez cut. Sanchez has committed three turnovers in limited action across two preseason appearances. Siemian and Lynch are both expected to play more snaps than Sanchez in the Broncos' regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 22 - 5:24 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 10-of-17 passes for 120 yards and lost two fumbles in the Broncos' second preseason game Saturday night.

He now has three turnovers through two exhibition contests. On Saturday, Sanchez was more willing to challenge downfield than starter Trevor Siemian, but Sanchez absorbed three sacks, losing fumbles on two, and was his typically scattershot self across 20 pass dropbacks. The Broncos continue to have major quarterback concerns. Siemian also failed to separate himself in the competition, throwing a pick six to 49ers FS Eric Reid.
Aug 20 - 11:04 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 10-of-13 passes for 99 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Broncos' preseason opener.

With the exception of a 32-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Demaryius Thomas, Sanchez's night consisted of short completions and the interception, which was tipped into the air by Bears CB Bryce Callahan and picked off by ILB Jerrell Freeman. Thomas got so open on the TD that Sanchez's underthrown pass didn't matter as Demaryius waited for it to fall into his hands. All in all, this was an above-average debut for Sanchez, who is trying to hold off Trevor Siemien for the Broncos' starting job. Sanchez currently has the slight edge.
Aug 11 - 8:43 PM

Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian will both play a quarter in the first half of Thursday's preseason opener, with Paxton Lynch getting the entire second half.

This is your life, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez will start, with Siemian playing the second quarter. It's still hard to believe Sanchez won't be under center in Week 1, but the Broncos are serious about giving Siemian a legitimate opportunity to unseat the annually-ineffective veteran.
Aug 9 - 1:44 PM

Denver 7's Troy Renck was told by a "handful of Broncos players" that Mark Sanchez will start the first preseason game on Thursday.

It would appear Sanchez is more of a "co-starter" than Trevor Siemian at this point, although it is likely Siemian will get his shot in the second game. Sanchez is expected to play "around a quarter" with Siemian coming in after. Sanchez's inability to pull away from Siemian is deeply concerning for the Broncos' outlook this season.
Aug 9 - 11:49 AM

Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian were listed as co-starters on the Broncos' initial depth chart.

Coach Gary Kubiak said over the weekend he "hasn't even come close" to naming a Week 1 starter, and this designation proves it. Sanchez's inability to pull away from a seventh-round sophomore is deeply concerning for the Broncos' immediate success, but Paxton Lynch's inability to even get involved in the competition might be more worrying for their future. It feels like the Broncos will regret not doing a better job addressing the quarterback position this offseason.
Aug 8 - 11:32 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak "hasn't even come close" to naming his Week 1 starting quarterback.

By all accounts, all of the Broncos' quarterbacks have struggled since camp opened. Mark Sanchez was outplayed by Trevor Siemian at Saturday's practice, while rookie Paxton Lynch's day-to-day performances have been uneven at best. All three quarterbacks should end up with a ton of preseason snaps.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 6 - 4:41 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Mark Sanchez
3Tony Romo
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darius Jackson
5Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Keith Smith
2Rod Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Geoff Swaim
3James Hanna
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey