The entire Twitter world exploded with hatred towards the Bears’ signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez late Thursday night.
I get it. The 30-year-old has been totally ordinary since entering the NFL in 2009 as the No. 5 pick by the New York Jets. Sanchez has gone 37-35 with 62 of those starts coming in his first four seasons in New York before playing in Philadelphia (2014-15) and Dallas (2016). He has 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions which doesn’t help him show promise.
However, this is a thin quarterback market. Did you actually think, the Bears were going to go into the season with Mike Glennon, Connor Shaw and a rookie quarterback?
Glennon is the starter despite not making a start since Nov. 2014 and Shaw enters this season with one career game in the NFL, a start for the Browns in Dec. 2014 where he completed 14 of 28 passes for 177 yards and an interception.
An inside look into Sanchez’s deal from National Football Post insider Aaron Wilson.
Mark Sanchez (Bears) $2M, $750K signing bonus, $1M salary ($250K gtd), $15,625 per game active; $2M incentive
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 24, 2017
The Bears simply can’t go into 2017 with Glennon and Shaw as the top two quarterbacks. This isn’t me saying Sanchez is deserving of the No. 2 or even spot starts in the season, but he is a veteran camp arm and someone who can help ease a rookie into the league.
Just look at what Sanchez was able to do with rookie Dak Prescott this past season in a mentorship role.
Sanchez appeared in only three games, completing 10 of 18 passes for 93 yards and two interceptions in 2016. He played on a one-year, $2 million deal. But his work with Prescott was noticeable.
“Somebody sent me the video that says ‘Crazed fan attacks Dak after a touchdown’ – and it was me,” Sanchez told Sports Day talking about an Oct. 16 win over Green Bay. “I jumped on him because I was so just happy for him. Because you talk about coming back from adversity and he hadn’t really faced it yet. And on the road, they’re trying to call timeouts to get the ball back and he takes it  yards. That was awesome.”
Remember, Sanchez was with Denver last off-season before Paxton Lynch was drafted and Trevor Siemian emerged. The Bears have Glennon and are likely to take a quarterback in the first couple of rounds, my guess is anywhere from the second to fourth round next month. It is clear drafting a quarterback is in the plans.
Whether Sanchez makes the team, the ideal spot is behind Glennon and the drafted quarterback on the depth chart. Having Sanchez, a guy who has played in various offenses and knows the pains of being a rookie and young quarterback there can quietly help. He can assist Glennon, the way Josh McCown did for Jay Cutler a few years back.
It is only March. The draft is still a month away, training camp isn’t until July and the regular season isn’t even close to starting. Take a deep breath Bears fans.
Note: Sanchez is the 23rd player signed by the Bears this off-season and 11th new guy added.
Somewhere Jay Cutler is laughing about this
— Jake Perper (@BearsBacker) March 24, 2017
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