Bears announce signing of Mark Sanchez

AP

Mark Sanchez has found his fifth NFL team.

Sanchez has signed with the Bears, the team announced today, making him the backup to starting quarterback Mike Glennon.

The Bears may still draft a quarterback, and if they do Sanchez could have value as a veteran mentor. Last year in Dallas, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott credited Sanchez for helping him learn how to be a professional.

Sanchez started his career as the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft with the Jets. He started in the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons, but those Jets teams were led by their defense, and Sanchez never developed into the kind of quarterback who could lead a team. After five years in New York, Sanchez spent two seasons with the Eagles, then was briefly with the Broncos before getting cut after the preseason last year before finally ending up backing up Prescott in Dallas.

85 responses to “Bears announce signing of Mark Sanchez

  1. Knock Sanchez all you want. But he has somehow managed stay in the NFL for many years. Got to give him credit for that. No matter how many times he is the butt of many jokes.

  2. As a life-long Bears fan I am extremely disappointed in their choices for a starting QB and a veteran backup QB. It appears that no matter who ends up as GM and/or Coach the Bears always settle for less than stellar performers at this vital position.

  3. Bear Butt Fumble. Perhaps more humorous if said out loud?

    Good luck in Chi-town. He could bring you a Kyle Orton type of competitor which is a certain upgrade over Cutler.

  4. Please tell me that this is “Fake News”!! Maybe Chad Pennington is working out for the Bears!!!

  5. Nobody stays the same in today’s NFL, either you are heading up or down. The signing of Mark Sanchez just tells me which direction the Bears are going, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.

  6. Championship!!!

    But seriously, please do not lump Chad Pennington into a Sanchez type category. Pennington was way better (only injury kept him from being a Joe Flacco type starter for career).

  7. Hey he’s great at post game press conferences, talking to the media & getting WR together for offseason workouts.

  8. I had the opportunity to see him work up close… The 3rd row right on the 35 Jets vs Dolphins. Pressure pushed him to our side of the field… The look of absolute Terror in his eyes told me, for sure, that this guy would never be a Serious NFL player!

  9. Sanchez can be a great QB.
    All he needs is 5 pro-bowl linemen, a couple of stud RBs, and a few HOF receivers. Throw in a couple of awesome TEs and you are set.

  10. This is from NFL.com:

    Sanchez tossed two interceptions on just 18 attempts with the Cowboys last season, appearing in just three games as Dak Prescott’s backup. The eighth-year veteran has started 72 career games, posting a 56.7 completion rate, 86:86 TD-to-INT ratio and 73.9 passer rating. He’s among the most turnover-prone quarterbacks of his era.

    The last line says it all. My Bears and their camp full of one-year contract signings like this are destined for mediocrity…..or less.

    Truly pathetic.

  11. So I wonder how much money Sanchez settled for? Will he do better than the $2 million he got last year from the Cowboys for passing for 93 yards.
    Geno Smith got $2 million from the Giants so Matt how low will you go.

  12. He’s a backup. Why is everyone so riled up? For most teams, if your starting QB goes down, you are screwed. This makes it no different for the Bears, and signing Sanchez should not in any way affect their draft plans as it relates to a QB. If there is a guy they think is worth drafting, they should take him without any regard to their backup QB status.

  13. rodgerstonelson says:
    Mar 24, 2017 8:16 AM
    Knock Sanchez all you want. But he has somehow managed stay in the NFL for many years. Got to give him credit for that. No matter how many times he is the butt of many jokes.

    The answer to that one is simple. Outside of the top 6-7 QBs, who is he really competing with? The quality of QB league is so bad in this league there was an article recently about bringing Jason Campbell (retired) back. And the Texans were so desperate they gave BO $37 mil guaranteed. That’s why.

    Yes he is still in the league, but no he has never developed into an NFL leader or quality QB.

  14. Did the bears not see the one game he played in for the Cowboys last year? Good lord he was terrible. I thought that game alone would be enough for no team to ever offer him a contract again. Good luck with that Chicago, lol!

  15. As a long time Bears fan, this is just depressing. It seems to me no real, long-lasting change will happen until ownership of the team passes out of the hands of the Halas family. Which is sad to say.

  16. Sanchez tossed two interceptions on just 18 attempts with the Cowboys last season, appearing in just three games as Dak Prescott’s backup. The eighth-year veteran has started 72 career games, posting a 56.7 completion rate, 86:86 TD-to-INT ratio and 73.9 passer rating. He’s among the most turnover-prone quarterbacks of his era.

    Sure you arent putting down Terry Bradshaws numbers? they are eerily similar

  17. The Jets probably wish they had him back right now. And Rex. And Mangold. And whoever else was there in 2010 during their greatest season in 50 years when they finished as AFC runners up.

  18. Is a veteran that has a history of sucking better than a young Qb with some talent getting a chance and some experience???? I would rather watch the young QB and hope. Might as well start a young QB since the Lions, Vikes and Packers ere decidedly better!!!!!

    If Fox was coaching Dak Prescott would not have played. Sanchez would passed the Cowboys to 3 and 13.

  19. Why does he continue to get jobs? He is not even “serviceable”, I watched him in the Preseason and while the Cowboys were resting Romo & Prescott in week 17 (most of the starters were still on the field).

    Sanchez is bad. You know he is bad. Pick up a UDFA QB to be your backup, he will probably be bad too, but at least you have a chance of hitting, and at a lower price.

  20. Hey, I’ll take him over Romo.

    Sanchez is a well-priced band-aid who is expected to be a backup. I’m OK with that.

    Romo’s a projected starter who’s going to be injured with his new team and miss at least half the season (if not more)… no matter what team he signs with…

    Welcome to Chi-town, Mark. Hope we don’t need to use you too much.

  21. I don’t care who they sign, as long as they don’t use the number 3 pick on one of those quarterbacks, there is no way they belong in the first round

  22. there goes any argument that Kaepernick is not being signed because of performance.

    Kaep – Career QBRat 88.9 – TD = 72 – INT = 30

    Sanchez – Career QBRat 73.9 – TD = 86 – INT = 86

    Can you say blackballed?

    Kaepernick made a political statement and the owners can’t handle a player that actually does independent thinking that doesn’t line up with their political views.

    Damn shame – I thought it was what this country was all about.

  23. As a raiders fan who went thru this for over a decade, sorry Bears. Gotta draft a QB every year to get it right.

    Look at Brady…system QB.

  24. the broken remote control gift from the 2009 draft that keeps on giving. grew extremely sick and tired of hearing “they need to surround Sanchez with better weapons….” if your team trades up to draft you and pay you 50 million under the old cap rules YOU NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE AROUND YOU BETTER!!

    as I said 8 years ago. Kellen Clemens as the starter and keeping your 1st and 2nd round draft picks would have been the better option.

  25. greenmn2000 says:
    Mar 24, 2017 8:26 AM

    Please tell me that this is “Fake News”!! Maybe Chad Pennington is working out for the Bears!!
    ______________________________________

    You wish! Pennington was the best QB in Miami since Marino. I just hope you Bears Fans are not walking around in White Pants eating Hot Dogs in admiration of your new ButtFumbler.

  26. What do the Bears have against the quarterback position? The utter incompetence there has become a team tradition going back decades. In that vein they’re the Jets of the NFC. Wait a minute … Jets … Sanchez …

  27. We better have a helluva draft of we’re picking in the top 5 again next season. Nothing, and I mean nothing, we have done so far this offseason makes me think that we aren’t going to suck. Not one single signing has been for a player that’s graded out above average.

  28. phinatic29 says:
    Mar 24, 2017 10:47 AM
    there goes any argument that Kaepernick is not being signed because of performance.

    Kaep – Career QBRat 88.9 – TD = 72 – INT = 30

    Sanchez – Career QBRat 73.9 – TD = 86 – INT = 86

    Can you say blackballed?

    Kaepernick made a political statement and the owners can’t handle a player that actually does independent thinking that doesn’t line up with their political views.

    Damn shame – I thought it was what this country was all about.

    Kaepernick is a total clown! This IDIOT complained and demonstrated about this Country by not standing for the National Anthem and then HE DOESN’T EVEN VOTE IN THE ELECTION!!! LOSER!

  29. The Bears wandering continues. Look like they can pencil in another 3/13 season. When will the Chicago fans just stop going to Soldiers field?

  30. Heck why not just go all in? Trade their 1st to the Browns for Osweiler and draft Kizer in the 2nd and really get themselves set up at the position.

    – Unimpressed Bears Fan

  31. there goes any argument that Kaepernick is not being signed because of performance.

    Kaep – Career QBRat 88.9 – TD = 72 – INT = 30

    Sanchez – Career QBRat 73.9 – TD = 86 – INT = 86

    Can you say blackballed?

    Kaepernick made a political statement and the owners can’t handle a player that actually does independent thinking that doesn’t line up with their political views.

    Damn shame – I thought it was what this country was all about.
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    Kaep brings a media circus and an unnecessary distraction. A team would deal with that if the upside was much greater, however Kaep has no real upside.

    The other thing too is that he is not a typical stand in the pocket QB. You pretty much have to build an offense that fits him. You’re not going to do that for a backup QB. If Glennon goes down they need another guy that will stand in the pocket and execute the same plays.

  32. I hear Jeff George is available. And he’d be better than Sanchez. Bad move, Bears. Really bad move. Sanchez is not the answer to anything.

  33. Three years in and Pace/Fox have given us Glennon (who in a league short on QBs no one seemed to want), Connor Shaw and Mark Sanchez. Do I really trust them to draft the right QB in this draft?

  34. Remember last year, when the one thing Bears fans could say was, “Well, it can’t get any worse”.

    Thank you Bears Organization for proving us wrong, yet again. It got very worse and quickly.

  35. I’m a Jet fan (living in Chicago for several years), and I have a soft spot for Sanchez, but I don’t know that just being a veteran automatically makes you a “veteran leader,” and he has been so terrible that it seems more cost-efficient to just roll the dice on some unknown. Maybe you’ll stumble on the next Kurt Warner, or even the next Nick Foles would be fine. But Sanchez is so, so terrible, and he’s probably going to cost an appreciable amount more than an unknown just because of his tenure. How much worse could it really get? If you sign some no-name, and he turns out to be horrific, you’re in pretty much the same place you’d be with Sanchez, except for less money.

  36. If you believe that Kaep is being blackballed for his stance and that he has/had the right to do that, do you not also believe that the team owners have a right to not hire him based on their beliefs?

    Or, do only Kaeps beliefs matter because they coincide with yours?

    Oh, and since Kaep has dropped his protest, I guess everything is better anyways….right?

  37. Diehard Pats fan from Mass living in Chicago where my wife is from. Glennon, Sanchez, and this entire organizations “view on building a team” is why we never go pay the soldier field adenine prices. What a joke. I was stationed in Hawaii from 06-2014. We had LA Channels and I watched sanchez with USC. I’m no GM, but a 1 year starter gets taken 5th?! He is a good guy, and a consummate professional. But he is a rubbish QB who beat us when we laid a playoff egg in 2010. The guy regressed every year he played.

  38. Bear fans goodwill for John Fox ran out after the zillionth in-game clock -botch. But Ryan Pace still had the forbearance of the fans- until now.

    This is such a joke signing. The Llama at QB? Maaaaaaaybe. But if BF ever sets foot on the field, Pace should be fired on the spot. Veteran leadership my Bear butt.

    Pace you are officially on the clock, deliver or get out of town.

  39. The only thing that could have possibly been more embarrassing as a Bears fan is if they signed that former QB from SF.

  40. I’m excited………………………… that he’s not on the Cowboys anymore!

  41. Bears GM Ryan Pace just suffered a giant brain fart. This might have been done though to keep the Bears out of the Kaperneck deserves a chance category, but I think it’s more a case of picking the runt out of the remaining litter of backup QB’s.

    I hate this signing. Two thumbs down.

  42. coats2m says:
    Mar 24, 2017 11:04 AM
    If you’re an NFL team, and want to tell your fan-base you’ve pretty much given up, you sign Mark Sanchez….

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    Oh yeah just look at how horribly it worked out for the cowboys last year……. I swear some people just post hear without thinking and because they want to jump at the chance to criticize a player or a team. But whatever franchise they root for is just as screwed up I’m sure

  43. This man once beat Manning and Brady in the playoffs, then nearly beat Rothlisberger too if his defense hadn’t put him in a huge first half hole. So put some repesk on his name 🙂

  44. I’m trying to figure out the hostility about this signing. What QB that fits a ball control, pocket passing system would have been a better–not equal–signing as backup? I’ll hang up and wait for all the great alternatives. A bullet list would be perfect.

  45. Sanchez was signed as a “backup” QB for a reasonable price to help tutor and support Glennon. He has had a couple of decent seasons with two years of playoff experience. One more year than J.C., by the way.

    In the Eagles’ system instituted by Chip Kelly, Sanchez proved to be a better option to run it over Nick Foles and Sam Bradford.

    Who says Sanchez is going to be 2nd on the depth chart? If you were hoping they sign another QB to supplant Glennon, that isn’t happening. Accept the choice and hope for the best.

  46. meltuckersfreerelease says:
    Mar 24, 2017 12:37 PM

    Bear fans goodwill for John Fox ran out after the zillionth in-game clock -botch. But Ryan Pace still had the forbearance of the fans- until now.

    This is such a joke signing. The Llama at QB? Maaaaaaaybe. But if BF ever sets foot on the field, Pace should be fired on the spot. Veteran leadership my Bear butt.

    Pace you are officially on the clock, deliver or get out of town.
    ——————————————————-

    What were his options at this point? Fox wants a veteran backup, and Connor Shaw wasn’t going to be that guy. Fitzpatrick? I would rather have Sanchez. Ponder? Please…Kaepernick? Fox would never take on a controversial QB, even as a backup, and Glennon is going to push the offense to more play action, pocket passing. Kap doesn’t work in that system. The pickings are slim and Shaw is a major shot-in-the-dark at best.

    This is a low-risk, low-reward veteran signing for depth. Same thing they did with Mitch Umrein, Chris Prosinski, and Deonte Thompson. Pace is doing what he has to do to prepare this horrible coaching staff to go into the season. The draft is where he has been at his best, and he will continue to Band-Aid with free agency while his drafts turn over the roster.

  47. Way too many complaints out there without looking at this from a clearer perspective.

    Let’s first get something out of the way. JAY CUTLER IS NOT A FRANCHISE QB and NEVER WAS!! I am not saying he couldn’t be a starter somewhere like Houston or Los Angeles or Cleveland. He has only 3 winning seasons over 11 seasons. He led his teams to the playoffs only once over 11 seasons. His career record with the Bears was 51-51 and he lost twice as many games versus teams with a winning record than he won. His career record versus Green Bay is 2-11. He has 208 TD and 146 Interceptions over his career. He would need an additional 84 TD to match Glennon’s TD to INT ratio.

    He may have a great arm but doesn’t display much touch. He may have scrambling ability and good movement in the pocket but hasn’t showed to have a feel or awareness in the pocket. Teams have had the ability to figure him out and anticipate his throws. He plays with an absence of passion, interest and heart unless these feelings are there but repressed.

    I honestly wish him well and hope he finds a home playing for another team in a different city.

    Mike Glennon is better than 80% of fans/sportwriters are giving him credit for. Let’s look at some facts, in addition to please take the time to watch the full games for Glennon in 2013 and 2014. Specifically, the games against the Saints and Steelers in 2014.

    He was on teams that had hardly a running game. Both seasons, the two top RB’s combined for less than 1,000 for the season and averaged around 60 yards a game. He was getting consistent pressure from defenses.

    Not only does Mike Glennon have the prototypical height (6’6″) and arm strength but also possesses a rare touch. He can fit balls in places that many others can’t. He has good vision and views multiple options on the field before making his decisions. He stays in the pocket and with patience/confidence.

    If you want to complain about his record or anything, let’s look at the facts versus other great QB’s. Most QB’s have a learning curve at the beginning of their career but some of you are complaining because Glennon didn’t have HOF seasons in his first 18 games. It makes no sense.

    Glennon’s TD to INT ratio of 2:1 is rare for a young QB. His ability to stay in the pocket and not get easily rattled is rare at his stage in his career. He has shown a consistency to make good decisions and put the ball in places that only his receivers can catch. He has had players drop a number of balls that were well thrown. He has had a number of interceptions on tipped balls and at least one where a receiver got hurt and didn’t finish his route. That would make his TD to INT ratio even better.

    Peyton Manning’s record in his first season was 3-13. He led the league in interceptions his first season with a ratio of 26 TD to 28 INT with a completion percentage of 56.7%. Glennon had 25 TD and 14 INT with a completion percentage of 58.2% in his first 16 games as a starter and a record of 5-11.

    Brett Favre led the league in interceptions his second full season as a starter with a clip of 19 TD and 24 INT. In his first full 16 games, he had 20 TD and 13 INT. Over his first 33 games, he had 37 TD and 39 INT.

    These are two HOF Quarterbacks. There are many QB’s that started out there career more successfully but my point is that even HOF Quarterbacks start out slowly until they learn on the job. Glennon’s numbers are very respectable.

    Many of you bring up the idea of signing Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. The same argument could have been said of signing Kaepernick over Glennon. Kaepernick has good stats with a solid ratio of TD to INT of 72 TD and 30 INT. He has been to the playoffs twice over 5 seasons being a starter and won 2 games in both of those postseasons. I also would have been happy with the signing of Kaepernick to be the starter based on his numbers.

    The Bears decided to go with a younger QB that is more of a pure pocket passer with more size than a Kaepernick who relies a lot on running. Kaepernick also may have caused teams to be resistant to sign him due to his protesting last season. There may be more information about how he meshes with his team or other concerns that haven’t been publicized.

    Signing Kaepernick as a backup would have cost too much money and possible distraction due to a QB controversy. The Bears want to give Mike Glennon every opportunity to prove that he deserves to be the starting QB for next season and beyond.

    Lastly, let’s address Mark Sanchez. He was signed to be a backup and not a starter. He was signed to have a similar role he had last season in Dallas with Dak Prescott. Sanchez has had some solid seasons. His record for his first two seasons was 19-12. He led the Jets to the playoffs in his first two seasons and won two games in each of those postseasons. His first season with Philadelphia was also solid in only 8 starts. He averaged 268 yards per game with 14 TD and 11 INT. He is a better option as a backup than other QB’s available, even Kaepernick because of the reasons I listed above. Kaepernick is definitely a better QB than Mark Sanchez. Cleveland and Houston would be wise to sign him. However, Sanchez serves the purpose better based on the commitment to Glennon in the short term.

    Things are going in a positive direction for the Bears. Go look at full game highlights of Mike Glennon to get an idea of what I am talking about. Yes, he made some mistakes but that is to be expected. He didn’t have the luxuries given to Dak Prescott with Elliott, a solid line, a former QB as a head coach, a solid defense, etc. The Packers will not be able to get away with what they did in the past 8 seasons.

  48. Just a tip – trust yourself with game film and not stats. You’re an elite talent evaluator at the college level, but tend to over think NFL talent based on past talent. People change for various reasons – family matters, drug/alc addiction, lack of passion for the game, etc – it’s truly a what have you done for me lately league.

  49. at this rate I won’t be surprised when pace wastes the 3rd overall pick on TRUEBUSTY out of North Carolina.. because in the bears front office is a whole lot of pole smokers, they are too dumb and blind to see how poorly run we truly are… but I guess if trump can win, I still have hope that the owners of the bears and bulls will wake up and smell the disgrace they bring to our city which is also in terrible shape rn.. the bears need to sign THEO EPSTEIN..because we need a miracle worker..

  50. Chicago shootings are a disgrace to the city, how the Bears and Bulls do is silly entertainment for folks in the burbs.

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