Mark Sanchez has found a new NFL home for the upcoming season after losing out in the Denver Broncos starting quarterback competition and getting cut. Sanchez will sign a one year deal with the Dallas Cowboys to back up rookie Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys have been in search of a veteran backup quarterback for much of the off-season after losing multiple quarterbacks to injury including starter Tony Romo. Sanchez fits the requirement of a backup with plenty of starting experience behind Prescott.
Cowboys fans should hope Sanchez does not have to play meaningful snaps as he has been a turnover machine for his career. “#Cowboys backup QB Mark Sanchez has averaged a turnover every 42.5 snaps in #NFL career, worst among active QBs (min. 1,000 snaps),” tweeted ESPN reporter Ed Werder.
This preseason Sanchez was 20-of-30 passing for 219 yards and one touchdown, with one interception and two lost fumbles. Sanchez played a total of 46 snaps this preseason and accumulated three turnovers in this small sample size of play.
The starting days for Sanchez are likely over as he now has evolved into a journeyman quarterback. As a starter, Sanchez has a career record of 37-35 and two appearances to the AFC Championship with the New York Jets. Sanchez has 15,126 yards with 86 touchdown passes and 84 interceptions for his career.
The Cowboys are looking to get back to the playoffs after a very disappointing 4-12 season in 2015. Sanchez will not be the reason the team gets back to its winning ways, but he is the answer to finding a capable backup as that is so hard to find in the quarterback starving NFL.