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March 11, 2016


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday acquired veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced.

Sanchez (6-2, 225 pounds) is an eighth-year player who spent his first seven seasons with the N.Y. Jets (2009-13) and Philadelphia (2014-15). He was selected by the Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of Southern California.

Starting 72-of-75 career regular-season games, Sanchez has completed 1,285-of-2,267 passes (56.75) for 15,126 yards with 86 touchdowns and 84 interceptions (74.3 rtg.). He also has rushed 165 times for 451 yards (2.7 avg.) with 13 touchdowns.

Sanchez started six postseason contests—all on the road—during the 2009-10 seasons, leading the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances while completing 95-of-157 passes (60.5%) for 1,155 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions (94.3 rtg.).

In his four seasons playing for the Jets, Sanchez produced a 37-31 overall record as a starter. He missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a preseason shoulder injury.

Signed by the Eagles as a free agent in 2014, Sanchez started 10-of-13 games played in his two seasons with the club, completing 257-of-400 passes (64.3%) for 3,034 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions (86.6 rtg.). He set a franchise record with a 64.1 completion percentage (198-of-309) in 2014 while throwing for at least 300 yards in four of his eight starts.

Sanchez appeared in 27 career games (16 starts) during his collegiate career at USC, completing 313-of-487 passes (64.3%) for 3,965 yards with 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He started all 13 games for the Trojans as a senior in 2008 and was named a first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection in addition to receiving honorable mention All-America recognition.

A graduate of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School, where he was named 2004 Parade All-American Player of the Year, Sanchez was born on Nov. 11, 1986.

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