Gary Kubiak declines to address Mark Sanchez’s status

AP

With rosters cut to 75 and one preseason game left to be played, Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez still has a job in Denver. Whether he will when the rosters move to 53 on Saturday remains to be seen.

“I’m not going to go into that,” coach Gary Kubiak said when asked about Sanchez’s status by reporters on Tuesday. “We have to put our team together by Friday, Saturday basically for us. You never know what’s going to happen. Like I’ve said, Mark has done a great job. We can count on him. He’s preparing. He’s been great as a person and a teammate. That’s all you can ask. We’ll see.”

Kubiak needs Sanchez to play in the preseason finale, since starter Trevor Siemian will be kept out of harm’s way. Kubiak said the goal is to give first-rounder Paxton Lynch 60 to 70 snaps before putting Sanchez in the game late.

The risk for the Broncos is obvious. If Sanchez suffers a serious injury, the Broncos will be on the hook for the full amount of his $4.5 million salary.

The Broncos have been shopping Sanchez. They reportedly spoke to the Cowboys, who balked at absorbing all of Sanchez’s salary. With Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater likely out for the season, the Broncos possibly will be able to trade Sanchez to Minnesota.

For his part, Sanchez doesn’t want to leave.

“I want to be here,” Sanchez told reporters. “I love being here. I’ve gotten to know these guys and embrace this community. I’ve had a great time here. Who knows about anything on the outside? I’m focused on getting ready for Carolina. All of that stuff, whether it’s contract stuff — I’ve been hit up a lot with questions about contract or trades and there is a business side to this, but I’m just focused on playing. That’s why you hire an agent. They handle all of that stuff and they’ll let me know.”

Sanchez said he is using “Jedi mind tricks” to block out the noise about his status.

“I don’t need that affecting how I prepare and affecting any kind of decisions you make on the field and affect any way that you can help this team,” Sanchez said. “I don’t need to be thinking about, ‘Well man, should I be here? Should I work out hard? Should I try? I have to be here. I have to be in the moment and I have to be focused. I think that’s fair to the other players. If things don’t work out the way that you want, you can’t just act like a crybaby and cause a problem. That’s not right. I just don’t think that’s the professional way to do it, so I’ll help Trevor [Siemian] in any way that I can. It’s a good thing he’s a likable guy. It could be a lot worse, so it’s good.”

It’s not good overall for Sanchez, who carried the No. 1 job through the offseason and into training camp and the preseason. He may have to take less money to stay, and there’s a chance the Broncos will cut him in order to avoid owing the Eagles a seventh-round pick and re-sign him after Week One.

36 responses to “Gary Kubiak declines to address Mark Sanchez’s status

  1. Translation: “He’s gone as soon as someone offers more than a bag of chips for him… Unless it’s Doritos. We like the Nacho cheese flavor after bong hits.”

  2. Please Minnesota Vikings don’t take Sanchez, I can’t watch this season if we go the Sanchez route and try to emulate that season where the Jets made a playoff run with him. Please just pony up some picks and call about Mike Glennon, ask the Eagles what they want for one of those guys, or just stay with Hill. No Sanchez.

  3. This reminds me of the ugly ex-girlfriend we learned to loath being around but didn’t want to dump because we needed to make sure there was something else out there first…we don’t want anyone else to have her until we are ready. We hope we find our new one she’ll just quietly go.

  4. “Sanchez said he is using “Jedi mind tricks” to block out the noise about his status.”

    Wonder if they will block out the noise as well as Brandon Moore’s backside blocked out Sanchez

  5. One of three things happens, a) Mark takes a paycut to stay on the Broncos, b) he is traded to either the Vikings or Cowboys after Thursday or c) the Broncos cut Sanchez outright to retain the $ and the 7th round pick

  6. The Vikings have a very strong roster and they could easily win with Mark Sanchez. There are other backups around the league who could do the same. The Vikings have more than their share of blue chippers on defense. They don’t need Joe Montana to win.

  7. bucsorbust says:
    Aug 30, 2016 6:36 PM

    This reminds me of the ugly ex-girlfriend we learned to loath being around but didn’t want to dump because we needed to make sure there was something else out there first…we don’t want anyone else to have her until we are ready. We hope we find our new one she’ll just quietly go.

    ——

    Have some honor and just break up with her first before you go looking.

  8. I think the Cowboys and Vikings have seen enough of Sanchez to know they can wait until he gets cut.

  9. Gotta hand it to Sanchez though. He’s got $48M guaranteed in the last 7 years on two contracts. He’s not going to be too upset if no one wants him.

    If I’m Sanchize….I’m thinking yup, give me a job for $48M and tell me no one wants me on their team after I get paid? Cry me a river, right? Remember me for the butt fumble…suits me fine. I’m laughing too….all the way to the bank.

  10. Watch…teams will hang on to as many quarterbacks as they can to try and score a draft pick from the groveling Vikings.

    The value of these scrub QBs just went up a notch…

  11. sanchez was handed the starting gig and lost it in ways that only he could to a 7th round pick who has played one down in the nfl, why oh why would anyone want this bum

  12. Boy, I am sure glad most of you posting have never done anything unbecoming on a national stage!! And, that most of you have played q/b in the NFL….smh

  13. Not playing Trevor Siemian at least 1 series? Trevor Siemian? C’mon man. If he comes out shakey and flat in the opener that’s on Kubiak.

  14. It takes two interested parties to make an auction. Dallas and Minnesota. Meet Mark Sanchez. He’s the Sanchize!

    Who’s going to open the bidding!?

  15. Sanchez is NOT an upgrade over Shaun Hill. I can’t picture the Vikings trading for him unless they’re really stupid.

  16. Please Minnesota Vikings don’t take Sanchez, I can’t watch this season if we go the Sanchez route and try to emulate that season where the Jets made a playoff run with him. Please just pony up some picks and call about Mike Glennon, ask the Eagles what they want for one of those guys, or just stay with Hill. No Sanchez.

    Um No, Mike Glennon is good but the Bucs will be asking for a alot in exchange, Eagles? Chase Daniel? We would have to trade for his huge contract… I would take Sanchez over any of them and Sanchez has beaten both Zimmer and Norv in the playoffs

  17. Denver got what they wanted from Sanchez, they bought an insurance policy. Kubiak wanted Siemian from the start. You could tell from the play calling they made it as easy as they could for him. Mark is now expendable, he did his job.

  18. I love how Minnesota fans are begging the team not to get Sanchez. You’re team is in panic mode and needs a QB now. You could do a lot worse given your current situation.

  19. “I want to be here,” Sanchez told reporters. “I love being here. I’ve gotten to know these guys and embrace this community. I’ve had a great time here. ”

    TRABNSLATION: I want to milk some sucker team for 4.5 million, because I’m not a starting QB.

  20. Poor Mark Sanchez….reduced to a mop up man in the 4th quarter of a meaningless preseason game, with a bunch of no name players who will be unemployed immediately after the game. How the mighty have fallen!

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