Mark Sanchez, Quarterback
Age: 29 – 2016 Cap Hit: $2,000,00
Signing a backup quarterback is kind of like buying a burial plot in a cemetery. You know you need one but you don’t want to have to use it. That is the best description for Mark Sanchez. If he has to start for an extended period of time, the team is in trouble. With that being said, he still brings value to a young team.
The reason to bring Sanchez back has almost nothing to do with Sanchez and everything to do with Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott. Any time you saw Prescott in a tough spot, he went to Sanchez on the sideline. Prescott and Sanchez have a relationship, and it’s vital to a young quarterback that they have as much of a support system as possible.
It’s up for debate whether or not Mark Sanchez the football player is worth $2,000,000 plus a season. However there is no question that Mark Sanchez the mentor is more than worth the pay if it keeps Prescott’s head in the right place and helps him build off a very impressive rookie season.
The Cowboys can find better backups in this summer’s quarterback market. They have one at the moment in Tony Romo, but he likely won’t be on the team by the time camp rolls around. Sanchez may not even be the number two quarterback when the season starts, but expect him to at least be on the team.