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Bears sign Sanchez to one-year deal

Posted Mar 24, 2017

The Bears on Friday signed veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract. Sanchez has started 72 games over eight seasons.

The Bears on Friday signed veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract.

The 30-year-old has appeared in 77 NFL games with 72 starts over eight seasons with the Jets (2009-13), Eagles (2014-15) and Cowboys (2016). He has completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards with 86 touchdowns, 86 interceptions and a 73.9 passer rating.

Mark Sanchez

Sanchez was selected by the Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft out of USC and was named the team’s starting quarterback before the start of his rookie season. Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two NFL seasons.

After starting 62 of 64 games in four seasons with the Jets, Sanchez spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury during the preseason. He then signed with the Eagles in 2014 and started the final eight games after Nick Foles was injured, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,418 yards with 14 TDs, 11 interceptions and an 88.4 rating.

Sanchez played sparingly with the Eagles in 2015 and was then traded to the Broncos on March 11, 2016. But he was cut by Denver Sept. 3 and signed with the Cowboys later the same day. In Dallas, Sanchez backed up rookie phenom Dak Prescott, a fifth-round draft pick who was voted to the Pro Bowl and selected as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Sanchez is the third quarterback on the Bears roster, joining Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw.