Minnesota Vikings seeking trade for Mark Sanchez?
The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly contacted the Denver Broncos to talk about a trade for quarterback Mark Sanchez.
With Teddy Bridgewater out for the season with a torn ACL and dislocated knee, it’s Shaun Hill time in Minnesota.
Or could it wind up being Mark Sanchez time?
According to CBSSports.com insider Benjamin Allbright, Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman has made at least one call to John Elway:
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 31, 2016
The 29-year-old Sanchez (yes he’s still only 29) is likely odd-man-out in Denver after being topped in preseason by Trevor Siemien and Paxton Lynch.
How much would you give up to acquire a QB who came in third behind Trevor Siemien and Paxton Lynch?
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Sanchez has a connection to the Vikings via offensive assistant Pat Shurmur, who coached him in Philadelphia.
In Philly, Sanchez showed flashes of competence but was hardly brilliant. He was a winning quarterback in New York for a few seasons before the Jets soured on him.
The Broncos picked Sanchez up as veteran insurance but appear ready to go with the kids.
It’s easy to look at the still-just-29-year-old Sanchez and think that he just needs to land in the right situation. And it’s easy to think the Vikings, with their strong running game and good defense, might be that situation.
But maybe it’s only easy to think that because the alternatives are Shaun Hill, Joel Stave and the newly-re-signed Brad Sorensen.
Or Taylor Heinicke if he can hurry back from his self-inflicted injury.
Yes Sanchez is an attractive candidate compared to some of the other options, but we shouldn’t let that blind us to the fact that he is at best a mediocre NFL quarterback.
Could Sanchez game-manage the Vikings to the Super Bowl? Maybe if Adrian Peterson runs for 2,000 again and the defense attains Purple People Eaters stature.
If those things happen…sure. Mark Sanchez. Why not?