The Dallas Cowboys attempted to shore up their backup QB spot by signing Mark Sanchez, who was released by the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos release of Sanchez means the Eagles will not get a 7th round 2017 pick from Denver, which was contingent upon Sanchez starting for the Broncos. Sanchez was cut after failing to beat out Trevor Siemian, a 2015 Broncos 7th round pick who has never attempted a pass in an NFL game before.
The Cowboys were in need of another quarterback after Tony Romo suffered a broken vertebrae in the preseason, elevating 2016 4th rounder Dak Prescott to the starting job and leaving Jamiell Showers as Prescott’s backup.
Sanchez brings experience and winning pedigree to Dallas, with 72 career starts and going 2-1 in three starts vs the Cowboys, including being undefeated at Cowboys Stadium when he lead the Eagles to a 33-10 win on Thanksgiving in 2014, going 20-29 for 217 yards and 1 TD, along with 7 rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
The announcement of the signing of Sanchez seemed to come pretty quickly on a day normally reserved for roster cuts, and the NFL has taken notice.
Cowboys may be in hot water with league for signing Sanchez before NFL issued official transaction report for the day, source tells PFT.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 3, 2016
News of Sanchez being released broke at 3:56 pm ET, and news that Sanchez was signing with the Cowboys broke at 4:18 pm ET, just 22 minutes later. Sanchez was signed to a one year deal, salary figures have not yet been announced.