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Bears Add QB Depth with the Addition of Mark Sanchez

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Former Cowboys quarterback Mark Sanchez signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Friday

After being selected by the New York Jets with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft, Mark Sanchez was immediately named as the team’s starter in the preseason. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons. During his four seasons with the Jets, Sanchez started 62 of 64 games. In 2013, he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a shoulder injury in a preseason game.

Sanchez signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 and started the final eight games following an injury to Nick Foles. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,418 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He received an 88.4 passer rating.

In March 2016, he was traded to the Denver Broncos however, he was cut by the team on September 3 and signed with the Cowboys later that day. While in Dallas, he was rookie superstar Dak Prescott’s backup.

The 30-year-old veteran has appeared in 77 games with 72 starts over the course of his eight seasons in the NFL. He has completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards with evenly split touchdowns and interceptions, 86 each. His passer rating is a 73.9.

As a result of the Sanchez signing, the Chicago Bears have added depth to the quarterback position. He is therefore the third quarterback on the roster, joining Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw.