5 Teams That Could Trade For Mark Sanchez
On paper it looks like Mark Sanchez’s career has hit a brick wall. The former first round pick flamed out with the Philadelphia Eagles last year and got traded to the Denver Broncos, only to lose out to former seventh round draft choice, Trevor Siemian.
Most NFL betting enthusiasts would probably take any odds that his career is just about dried up.
Sanchez For Sale
There is a chance that’s not quite yet the case, however. With the news that the Broncos have moved ahead with Siemian and Paxton Lynch as their top two quarterbacks, the team has now begun an attempt to unload the disappointing Sanchez via trade.
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It remains very likely the team will flat out release Sanchez if a trade is not completed, especially since his $4.5 million base salary would become fully guaranteed if he’s still on the Broncos’ roster come week one.
Given that Denver has no plans to start Sanchez, it looks like he’s headed out of town, one way or another. While Sanchez didn’t win the starting gig or even show well during the preseason, he still brings experience and past production to the table.
Needless to say, there could still be a team out there that is hurting enough under center that they may swing a trade to land him. Here’s our five best options for Sanchez, should the Broncos find a way to trade him:
With Tony Romo and Kellen Moore both on the shelf with injuries, the Cowboys have no one behind rookie passer, Dak Prescott.
In the event Prescott gets hurt himself or even falters, Dallas needs some type of backup plan. Sanchez could be the answer, as he can help mentor Prescott on the sidelines or take over as the starter, if needed.
Dallas went through an ugly situation with major issues at quarterback in 2015, and they can’t afford to do it again in 2016. If they can’t land someone better like Josh McCown in a trade, trading a late round draft pick for Sanchez has to be on the table.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco could have a spot for a quarterback fairly soon, as they seem to be on the outs with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick hasn’t met expectations throughout the summer and looks to have officially lost the starting gig to Blaine Gabbert. On top of that, Kap has come a distraction with his recent defiance in regards to standing during the National Anthem before games.
With not much behind Gabbert and Kaepernick likely on the way out, the Niners could look to Sanchez, who knows Chip Kelly’s system from last season.
New York Giants
New York might be a decent option for Sanchez, as Ryan Nassib is the only viable backup behind Eli Manning and he could be on the move this year as a free agent.
The Giants could do well to protect themselves from his inevitable departure, while he also isn’t the greatest backup in the league, to begin with. Sanchez could provide a little more stability behind Manning and also give the quarterback room a mild boost.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay is a realistic landing spot for Sanchez, seeing as Brett Hundley has struggled to stay healthy and probably is still too raw to be counted on as the first man up behind starter, Aaron Rodgers.
Third stringer Joe Callahan also isn’t ready to have a locked in role in the NFL, so the Packers should think long and hard about better protecting the position behind their top passer. Sanchez wouldn’t bring excitement, but he’d be a steady backup for a team that arguably doesn’t currently have one.
Seattle might be in the worst position of all, as Trevone Boykin is their lone reliable backup at the moment, and he’s still a raw, unproven rookie.
Unless the Seahawks feel great about heading into battle with Boykin at the helm in the event Russell Wilson ever gets hurt, they may want to think about addressing their quarterback depth.
Sanchez knows head coach Pete Carroll from their days at USC, too, so a reunion could be in play.
Think Sanchez is staying in Denver, done in the league, or going elsewhere? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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