Four days after Peyton Manning announced his retirement, the Denver Broncos have acquired their new quarterback. Or rather, they’ve acquired a quarterback.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded backup quarterback Mark Sanchez to the Broncos on Friday, as first reported by KUSA reporter Mike Klis.
The trade announcement comes one day after Brock Osweiler ended his four years in Denver by signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans. It also comes two days after the Eagles signed former Kansas City Chiefs backup Chase Daniel to a three-year, $21 million deal to back up Sam Bradford, rendering Sanchez a potential roster casualty.
Sanchez, the fifth-overall draft pick by the Jets in 2009, provides the Broncos some roster depth behind Trevor Siemian, the 250th pick in last year’s draft. But judging by Elway’s words about this being the “first step” in their process of finding Manning’s successor, and by the backup rate of $4.5 million the Broncos are giving their latest acquisition, Sanchez appears to be just a placeholder while Denver continues looking for a more reliable signal caller.
Sanchez, 29, spent two years with the Eagles, appearing in four games last season and throwing for four touchdowns and four interceptions.
No matter what mediocrity might cloud his recent past, though, it’s clear Sanchez is ready to turn up the heat this year: