Redskins To Sign QB Mark Sanchez

The Redskins have agreed to sign free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Sanchez worked out alongside a number of QBs on Monday and apparently made the strongest impression on team brass. 

Its been roughly a decade since Sanchez entered the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft and secured a five-year deal worth up to $60MM from the Jets. Lauded as a strong leader and a quality game manager, Sanchez was under center for back-to-back AFC Championship game appearances in his first two NFL seasons.

Since then, however, Sanchez’s career has been in decline. He has not attempted an NFL pass since his 2016 season with the Cowboys and he spent the 2017 season as a benchwarmer for the Bears. This past spring, he was hit with a four-game ban for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Unfortunately, Sanchez’s success in New York is a distant memory and the 32-year-old is remembered more for the infamous buttfumble than anything else at this point.

The Redskins’ quarterback plans were turned upside down this week when starter Alex Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibia. Sanchez will now serve as the one and only backup to Colt McCoy, who just attempted his first throw since 2015.

Sanchez has some ties to the Redskins’ coaching staff and that familiarity likely played a role in the signing. Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was the Jets’ quarterbacks coach from 2009-12, offensive line coach Bill Callahan was the Jets’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach from ’08-’11, and Redskins QB coach Kevin O’Connell was teammates with “San-chise” for a bit in New York.

E.J. Manuel, T.J. Yates, Kellen Clemens, and Josh Johnson also participated in the Redskins’ workout on Monday.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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26 comments on “Redskins To Sign QB Mark Sanchez

  1. deeznuts

    Kaepernick >Sanchez
    You literally can’t argue that fact

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    • madmanTX

      Yeah but Washington has a bad owner with a racist team name and a history of bad treatment of black QBs.

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    • twiker

      Kap is 3-17 in his last 20
      Sanchez is 10-15 In his last 25.
      You’re coming off stupid

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    • snotrocket

      What is that old saying about biting the hand that feeds?

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    • That may be true, although they are both awful Quarterbacks. However, the Redskins are not planning on starting Sanchez, and would not be starting Kaepernicke if they signed him. So by signing Sanchez it creates headlines for one day, while signing Kaepernicke creates endless distraction. For holding a clipboard. Easy choice.

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      • twiker

        Exactly, do you know who Derek Anderson is? Neither does anyone else, he’s been a backup for 14 yrs. because he’s quiet and not using his “platform” for anything but holding their clipboard as

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  2. Kenleyfornia74

    Oh man the Kaepernick lovers are about to lose it

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    • connfyoozed

      Yes, and if McCoy gets hurt and Sanchez gets hurt, the Skins will have just butt-fumbled their season away.

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      • connfyoozed

        Oops… I meant “if McCoy gets hurt and Sanchez HAS TO PLAY”.

        Why does this site not allow you to edit your own comments on the mobile version? It would make things a lot easier.

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  3. Bob Knob

    As a Jets fan who knows crap over the past 2 decades …
    Redskins —- you just bought some ‘choking crap’…
    Good Luck … bwwwwahhh !!!

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  4. crosseyedlemon

    So with two crucial games remaining on the schedule with Philadelphia, the Redskins sign Sanchez who has a 48.1 passer rating against the Eagles and has never beaten them. Doh!

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    • connfyoozed

      To be fair, it’s not like Sanchez has a great track record of beating anybody consistently.

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    • Polish Hammer

      So you’re saying there are other QBs out there on the open market ready, willing and able to play that have great records against Philly?

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      • crosseyedlemon

        I think your mother would have a better chance against the Eagles than Sanchez.

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