The Denver Broncos have completed a trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez joins the Super Bowl champions for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and instantly becomes the most experienced quarterback on their roster.
The 29-year-old will be entering his eighth season in the NFL, having been selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft by the New York Jets.
Sanchez started all but two games in his four seasons with the Jets, with his fifth year completely ruined by injury before he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He made 10 starts in two seasons in Philadelphia, two of those in 2015 when he played as backup to Sam Bradford, but with the Eagles signing free agent Chase Daniel on Thursday, Sanchez became available.
The Broncos had been left with only Trevor Siemian – who didn’t throw a pass in his rookie season – on their quarterback depth chart, after Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s decision to sign with the Houston Texans.
Denver general manager John Elway confirmed the signing on Twitter, but hinted Sanchez would not be the last signal-caller signed this off-season.
He wrote: “Acquired QB Mark Sanchez for a conditional ’17 pick. He brings veteran leadership & will compete. This is the first step in our process.”