The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez after hosting him on a free-agent visit Thursday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Sanchez provides the Bears with additional depth behind starter Mike Glennon.
The Bears prioritized finding another proven backup to work alongside Glennon, who hasn’t started a game in over two years. The only other quarterback on Chicago’s depth chart is Connor Shaw, who missed the entire 2016 regular season because of a broken leg he suffered in the team’s fourth preseason game.
In 2016 Sanchez, the fifth overall pick of the New York Jets in the 2009 draft, was unable to win the Denver Broncos’ starting job in a battle with Trevor Siemian and was released. He signed with the Cowboys after Tony Romo and Kellen Moore were sidelined with injuries.
Sanchez, 30, saw action in two games for Dallas, completing 10 of 18 passes for 85 yards and two interceptions. He also forged a strong relationship with rookie Dak Prescott, with Sanchez having gone through many of the same experiences while directing the New York Jets to the AFC title game in each of his first two NFL seasons.
After his five-year run with the Jets ended in 2013, he spent the next two seasons with the Eagles, starting 10 games. He has a 37-35 career record with 86 touchdown passes and 86 interceptions to go along with 15,219 passing yards.
Although the Bears are adding Sanchez to their roster, they are still expected to strongly consider selecting a quarterback in next months draft.