There is a hot battle going on at the Denver Broncos camp for the starting quarterback position. According to NFL rumors Monday, veteran QB Mark Sanchez’s spot in the roster is not safe and the team could release him before the new NFL season starts.
“We’ve got three quarterbacks, two of which weren’t on this team last year. One has one regular-season snap,” Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak stated in a recent interview with 9news.com
“So I knew this was going to take some time and I think it’s a credit to them in how well they’ve battled and pushed each other. It’s down to the nitty gritty here – I don’t have to but I’m going to make a decision next week.”
Kubiak already announced that Trevor Siemian will start in the their preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams. This could be a sign that the coaching staff don’t trust Sanchez anymore and that he’s on his way to being cut from the roster.
Sanchez could also play the back-up or third QB role. But this wasn’t his or the team’s plan when the veteran playmaker was traded to Denver as he hoped to be a started after Peyton Manning retired from the NFL and Brock Osweiler moved to the Houston Texans.
The battle of quarterbacks at Denver will have time prove their worth with another preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals before opening their season against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.
Mark Sanchez playing back-up QB means that the Broncos will be paying him about $4.5 million for a secondary role. Only $1M is guaranteed in Sanchez’s contract but the team could save money if they release him to free agency and go with Siemian as the starter.
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