WASHINGTON — Even though Mark Sanchez won’t get the chance to replace Peyton Manning in Denver, he might get a chance to replace Tony Romo in Dallas, at least in the short term.
Just hours after learning he had officially lost the starting job in Denver, as well as the backup spot and any hopes of a roster spot, Sanchez was contacted by the Cowboys front office. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, Sanchez got a one-year deal with a base value of $2 million and incentives up to $5.375 million.
That’s quality money for a player who, as a starter, hasn’t had a winning record since 2010. His reportedly ho-hum performance in training camp gave him limited opportunities in the preseason, where he completed two-thirds of his passes with a touchdown and interception.
Last year in Philadelphia, he went 0-2 in his two starts, boasting just a 38.85 QBR, making him expendable.
The Eagles managed to unload Sanchez on a desperate Broncos team that was already without Manning and was on the verge of losing groomed backup Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans.
Weeks later, the Broncos drafted highly-touted prospect Paxton Lynch, who will be paired with second-year player Trevor Siemian on the final 53-man roster.
The signing by Dallas also has some degree of desperation, as Romo will miss a significant chunk after sustaining a compression fracture to the L1 vertebra. He could miss six to 10 weeks, opening the door for rookie Dak Prescott to start Week 1.
The structure of Sanchez’s contract sets him up as the team’s veteran insurance policy.
Meanwhile, in Denver, the Broncos signed journeyman quarterback Austin Davis as a veteran option behind Lynch and Siemian. Davis spent the preseason with the Cleveland Browns, appearing in just one game and finishing with a 53.9 passer rating.
Elsewhere in the NFL, embattled former starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the final roster in San Francisco, but Blaine Gabbert was named the starter. Kaepernick used the National Anthem during the four preseason games to make a political statement about racial tensions between police and black people.