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Mark Sanchez will sign with Dallas Cowboys

Ex-Jet and Eagle finds another home, at least for now

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Sam Bradford is out of the NFC East. Mark Sanchez, though, is apparently back in. The Dallas Cowboys announced Saturday on their web site that they intend to sign Sanchez to be the backup to Dak Prescott while Tony Romo rehabs from his latest back injury. They can’t do that until 1 p.m. ET Sunday, per NFL rules.

Sanchez lost a competition this preseason with undrafted Trevor Siemian to be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, who then released him.

Sanchez, the sixth overall pick by the New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft, spent four years in New York and then two years as a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cowboys fans at SB Nation’s Blogging The Boys aren’t exactly jumping for joy at the news:

Sanchez is simply a veteran presence who can take over if the unthinkable happens again. It is not like Dallas is asking Sanchez to come in and make a difference.

Sanchez does bring experience to the locker room. He might not be anyone's first choice, but he has been there and done that. He is what the Cowboys were looking for. In that role he should suffice. This is not a long-term arrangement but a marriage made out of necessity. We have been saddled with players we did not want before and got through it. The courtship between the Cowboys and Sanchez will be a brief one.