Broncos Acquire Mark Sanchez From Eagles

1:43pm: The Broncos aren’t done at quarterback yet, and plan to bring in another player to compete with Sanchez for the starting job, Schefter confirms (via Twitter).

12:41pm: The conditional 2017 pick acquired by the Eagles in the swap is a seventh-rounder, tweets Adam Schefter of The conditions aren’t yet known, but I would imagine they’ll hinge on Sanchez’s playing time in Denver.

12:29pm: The Broncos have begun to address their hole at quarterback, according to Mike Klis of 9NEWS, who reports (via Twitter) that Denver is acquiring Mark Sanchez from the Eagles. Philadelphia will get a conditional draft pick in exchange for the veteran signal-caller, per Klis. The pick is a 2017 selection, tweets Ian Rapoport of Sanchez

The Broncos lost the top two quarterbacks on their depth chart this week, as Peyton Manning officially announced his retirement and Brock Osweiler signed with the Texans on a four-year, $72MM deal. While it remains to be seen if he’ll start for the Broncos, Sanchez is an affordable fallback option for the team. He’ll count for just $4.5MM against the 2016 cap – with another $3MM+ available in incentives – and the 2017 pick the Broncos are giving up is unlikely to be more than a late-rounder.

Sanchez a former fifth overall pick, served primarily as the backup during his two-year stint in Philadelphia, but did start 10 games for the Eagles. Overall, the 29-year-old completed 64.3% of his passes, with 3,034 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

With just Sanchez and Trevor Siemian on their depth chart, the Broncos will remain in the market for quarterback help, and that includes the possibility of trading for someone else, such as Colin Kaepernick — Peter Schrager of FOX Sports tweets that the Sanchez deal doesn’t take Kaepernick off the table for Denver.

As for the Eagles, Sanchez became expendable for them when the team re-signed Sam Bradford and added Chase Daniel in free agency. By trading him instead of releasing him, the Eagles create $4.5MM in cap savings instead of $3.5MM, since the club will no longer be on the hook for the $1MM guarantee on his 2016 base salary.

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12 comments on “Broncos Acquire Mark Sanchez From Eagles

  1. dwilson10

    There you go Denver. They might as well give them the Lombardi trophy now

  2. Breezy


  3. NYY42

    He will have a great yr

  4. Miklo916

    Keep wishing Sanchez is garbage

  5. seanathon

    good move, IF they traded for him to be the back up… giving up a 7th rounder for a back up QB that has a low cap hit… I just hope they view him as a back up and not a starter

  6. sportsjunkie24

    Enjoy the butt fumble Broncos

  7. Matthew

    If I’m the Bronco’s I find out what Tampa wants for Glennon. He could be a solid NFL Qb

    • They want a 1st round pick. That’s been reported for a while. That or multiple picks i.e 2 & 3.

  8. Many may poo poo this, BUT he only cost a “conditional” 2017 7th round pick. They can play him and draft a QB in the 2nd. OR they can attempt to get another QB via trade. OR they can sign one of the sub-par QBs in FA. Remember, as a game manager, Sanchez went to 2 AFC championship games. 94.3 QB rating in the playoffs. Jets defense were #1 ranked in 09 and #3 in 10. If the Broncos fill their defensive holes lost in FA they can arguably remain in the top 10 in total defense and still make a run into the playoffs, in spite of Sanchez.

  9. Waz Bazbo

    You simply can NOT use the phrases, “The Broncos have begun to address their hole at quarterback…” and “Denver is acquiring Mark Sanchez…” in the same sentence.

  10. AshtonLover

    Agreed ^

  11. Bryan Farris

    Go get Josh Freeman. He looks decent for Indy after being out of the league for a years. He was a VERY SOLID QB when he had his head on straight. Under Elway, the Broncos leaders, he might actually be able to stay on track and find what made him such a solid QB for Tampa. Not to mention, he will come CHEAP and be a back-up. Draft a QB in late first round or later and see if they can build.

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