Quarterback Mark Sanchez went from being the presumptive starter in Denver to being cut from the roster.
The Broncos have released Sanchez, according to a report from NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Sanchez was traded to the Broncos by the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional seventh-round pick after spending the past two seasons with the Eagles.
Sanchez was expected to assume the starting job after Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans. But the No. 5 pick in the 2009 draft by the New York Jets was unimpressive during the preseason and eventually lost the job to a former seventh-round pick, Trevor Siemian.
As soon as Siemian was named the starter, Sanchez became expendable as he was set to make $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. He didn’t play in either the third or fourth preseason game, which ramped up speculation that his days in Denver were numbered. Apparently, Sanchez was unable to outperform rookie Paxton Lynch, who is viewed as the starter of the future in Denver.
That wasn’t the only move the Broncos made. They also cut running back Ronnie Hillman, according to Mike Klis.
Hillman rushed for 863 yards and 7 touchdowns during his fourth season with the Broncos. The play of rookie Devontae Booker might have played a role in the decision to release Hillman.