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Cowboys sign Mark Sanchez after he's cut by Broncos

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Mark Sanchez wasn't out of work for long.

Minutes after NFL Network's James Palmer reported that the veteran passer had been released by the Denver Broncos, the quarterback-needy Cowboys swooped in to announce that Sanchez had signed a deal with Dallas. With Sanchez in the fold, the Cowboys waived quarterback Jameill Showers on Sunday.

The Broncos save $3.5 million with the move and no longer owe a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the Eagles, who agreed to trade Sanchez to Denver back in March. The Cowboys, meanwhile, get a low-level dose of veteran insurance under center.

Sanchez was acquired to serve as a "safe" option in Denver after losing Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to the Texans. He disappointed from the start, though, and was ultimately outplayed by second-year Broncos signal-caller Trevor Siemian, who was named the starter on Monday.

Denver spent the past week trying to trade Sanchez, but teams weren't about to bite. Dallas patiently waited for the Broncos to dump the veteran before grabbing him. No longer starting material, Sanchez will work behind rookie starter Dak Prescott and ahead of Jameill Showers until Tony Romo returns later this season from a back injury.

It's entirely possible that Sanchez -- no longer fooling teams as an NFL starter -- will be out of work all over again once Romo reappears. 

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