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MHR Radio: Could the Broncos bring back Mark Sanchez?

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With Paxton Lynch out several weeks with a shoulder injury, it’d benefit Denver to add a veteran backup.

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Since the injury to Paxton Lynch, the rumors and speculation have magnified.

How long will Lynch be out with the injury to his throwing shoulder?

What will the Denver Broncos do at backup quarterback? Will they roll with Kyle Sloter? Or will they go after a veteran?

As to the first question, Lynch is expected to miss several weeks, perhaps the first month of the regular season with that shoulder injury he sustained against the Green Bay Packers.

As to the second question, a lot of that will depend on today’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and how Kyle Sloter performs. It also depends on who becomes available via cuts or a possible trade. We do know that Broncos safety T.J. Ward is available, so perhaps John Elway could swing a deal that way.

One possible move Denver could make at quarterback hasn’t been thrown out there, and it’s one Adam Malnati and I debated on the latest Mile High Report Radio Podcast.

The Chicago Bears currently have three quarterbacks on their roster. When they cut down to 53 players, there’s a chance that won’t remain the case, and it would put Mark Sanchez on the open market. Brad Biggs with the Chicago Tribune covered the Bears’ quarterback situation in this timely Q&A. As Biggs points out, any Sanchez move is predicated by Chicago’s roster and how tight it is because of injuries, and if Mitch Trubisky is capable of being the No. 2 quarterback. Biggs also covers the salary cap magnifications for Chicago if it releases Sanchez, and it’s minimal.

If Sanchez hits the market, would Elway and the Broncos bring Sanchez back until Lynch is healthy? Sanchez knows most of the guys on Denver’s offense and has experience if Trevor Siemian were to get injured. Again, a lot of this will depend on today’s final preseason game and how Sloter looks, and if Sanchez even becomes available. Elway and the Broncos could get Sanchez on a similar deal that he has in Chicago, with no real dent to the cap.

For what’s it worth, Mike Klis with 9News does not think Denver’s current backup quarterback is on the roster. He mentions Chicago’s Connor Shaw as someone the Broncos could target, though Biggs said if the Bears release Sanchez that would make Shaw a candidate for their practice squad.

Still, it’s fun to hypothesize and think about what the Broncos will do, and both Adam and I think it makes sense for them to bring back Sanchez, given the Bears release him.

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Poll

How would you feel about Mark Sanchez coming back to the Broncos (if he’s available & he wants to)?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Yes
    (126 votes)
  • 19%
    Butt fumble, need I say more?
    (198 votes)
  • 53%
    Roll with Sloter
    (544 votes)
  • 15%
    Get back to me after today’s game
    (157 votes)
1025 votes total Vote Now