The Denver Broncos Trade With The Philadelphia Eagles For QB Mark Sanchez

The Broncos have acquired a veteran quarterback.

The Denver Broncos have taken the first step towards fixing their quarterback problem. They have traded a conditional 2017 draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Mark Sanchez

Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. For back-to-back seasons, he helped lead the Jets to the AFC Championship game, while they still had a top defense. 

Sanchez eventually fizzled in New York, like the head coach who drafted him Rex Ryan. He went on to Philadelphia and has played in 13 games over the last two seasons. 

With a career completion percentage of 56.7, Sanchez doesn't inspire much confidence in the fanbase, hence Elway's tweet. Sanchez has passed for 15,126 yards, with 86 touchdowns and 74 interceptions. 

Word leaked Friday morning that Colin Kaepernick, whom the Broncos had pursued via trade from San Francisco, suddenly claimed that he wanted to play for the Cleveland Browns

Elway, not one to lose in a game of chicken, apparently moved on to another option. The acquisition of Sanchez virtually guarantees that the Broncos will take a quarterback high in the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Needless to say, fans aren't thrilled with this pickup. But Sanchez does bring veteran experience. He's played in some big games and has proven that he can win with a top-level defense.

With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Sanchez will have outside weapons unlike he ever has before. A healthy Jeff Heuerman and Virgil Green will bring playmaking ability from the tight end position. 

The Broncos will have an improved offensive line in 2016, especially if they are able to negotiate a pay-cut with Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady. This bodes well for Sanchez, or whomever starts for the Broncos.

Sanchez has the mobility and arm strength to excel in Gary Kubiak's system. However, there's no doubt he'll serve as a place-holder until the Broncos groom their own homegrown quarterback to take over. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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