CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears made another move official on Friday morning, signing veteran back-up quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez, 30, spent the 2016 season backing up Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, appearing in two games for Dallas, completing 10 of his 18 pass attempts and tossing a pair of interceptions.
The one time fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets, Sanchez has only played 15 games since 2014. Since his Jets days came to an end, Sanchez has spent time in Philadelphia, Denver, and Dallas. Sanchez started 10 games for the Eagles in 2014 and 2015, passing for 3,034 yards to go along with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, while posting a 4-6 record over that span.
After being released by the Eagles after the 2015 season, Sanchez signed with the Denver Broncos to compete for the starting job vacated by the retired Peyton Manning, but was cut before the end of the preseason.
Over 72 games in the NFL, Sanchez owns a 37-35 record, passing for 15,219 yards with an even 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions while completing 56 percent of his career pass attempts.
The addition of Sanchez adds to a puzzling quarterback situation for the Bears, who opened free-agency by releasing the franchise’s all-time leading passer, Jay Cutler, in favor of doling out a $43 million dollar deal to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers back-up quarterback, Mike Glennon.
Whether or not it was time for a fresh start under center and a move away from Cutler was warranted, the Bears guaranteeing Mike Glennon $19 million dollars of his three-year, $43 million dollar deal, and then adding Mark Sanchez to the quarterback group, definitely makes one scratch their head in trying to figure out what the plan is for the Bears moving forward.
The Bears own the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft next month, but the recent additions have led some to believe that the Bears will not draft a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Jamal Adams, a safety out of Louisiana State University has been mentioned as a possible fit for the Bears at number three in April.
Sanchez becomes the 10th new free-agent signing that the Bears have made since March 10, joining Mike Glennon, Quintin Demps, Dion Sims, Markus Wheaton, Prince Amukamara, John Jenkins, Marcus Cooper, Tom Compton, and Benny Cunningham.
The financials of the Sanchez deal have not yet been announced, but should become available later this afternoon. Check our Twitter for updates on the details of the deal as they become available.