Mark Sanchez was top of the pecking order when the Denver Broncos threw open the race for the next starting quarterback. However, a week before the start of the new season, the 28-year-old has lost his place to Trevor Siemian, and possibly on his way to the Dallas Cowboys, per reports.
According to NFL.com, the Broncos front office is actively shopping Sanchez with the Cowboys emerging as the likeliest destination, seeing as star quarterback Tony Romo has been sidelined for two months.
Denver has contacted Dallas about a trade for Mark Sanchez. The Cowboys are not interested in a trade if it involves his current salary.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 29, 2016
Mark Sanchez still owed $4.5 million
Sanchez signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles last year before being traded to the 2016 Super Bowl champions this offseason for a conditional future draft pick.
In the aftermath of Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s departure to the Houston Texans, Sanchez was expected to be a stopgap arrangement until sophomore Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch hit their strides.
However, Sanchez’s disappointing performance int he first two preseason games forced coach Gary Kubiak to name Siemian the starting quarterback for the 2016-17 season.
According to NFL.com, “the Cowboys are unlikely to bite barring a Sanchez salary reduction and favorable conditions on the potential compensation of a late-round draft pick.”
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Sanchez fell out of favor with the Broncos during a loss to the San Francisco 49ers during Week 2 of the preseason. During that game, Sanchez fumbled twice in a 45-second span and proceeded to call it the lowest point of his career.
“I just squandered a great opportunity to separate myself and I put the team in a bad situation. There’s no excuse for that, poor, poor quarterback play,” the veteran QB said after Denver’s 31-24 loss to the Niners.
According to CBS Sports’ NFL insider John Breech, the Broncos are obligated to pay Sanchez a seven-figure sum regardless of what transpires over the next week or so.
“Anyway, Sanchez might be leaving Denver without a huge highlight reel, but he won’t be leaving empty handed: The quarterback’s one-year, $4.5 million contract guaranteed him $1 million whether he made the roster or not, so he’ll get a nice seven-figure parting gift from the Broncos.”
Will the Dallas Cowboys take a gamble with Mark Sanchez?