ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Quarterback Mark Sanchez and running back Ronnie Hillman were among the players cut by the Broncos on Saturday, the team announced.
Sanchez wasn’t out of a job for long. The veteran quarterback was signed by the Dallas Cowboys soon after the Broncos released him.
Overall, the Broncos parted way with 22 players on Saturday, including defensive lineman Henry Melton and running back Juwan Thompson.
Sanchez was acquired by the Broncos on March 11 from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2017 seventh-round draft pick after the Broncos lost their top two quarterbacks in the span of a week.
Peyton Manning retired and free agent Brock Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans. The Broncos also looked to trade for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick but nothing could be finalized.
In April, the Broncos traded up to draft University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round.
Sanchez, Lynch and second-year player Trevor Siemian battled in training camp to be the starting quarterback.
On Monday, coach Gary Kubiak told the team that Siemian had won the battle and will start the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of Super Bowl 50.
The quarterback competition dominated the offseason and training camp. Sanchez started the first preseason game against the Chicago Bears and Siemian started the second game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Siemian threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the 49ers, but Sanchez lost two fumbles in the game.
When Siemian was named the starter for the “dress rehearsal” preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and Sanchez did not play, the writing was on the wall.
In two preseason games, Sanchez completed 20 of 30 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Sanchez led the New York Jets to two AFC Championship Games but played in only 13 games the past three seasons. Siemian has not taken a regular-season snap in the NFL.
The Broncos had to make cuts to get down to the league-mandated 53 players for the start of the regular season.
C Dillon Day
OLB Vontarrius Dora*
WR Mose Frazier*
OT Lars Hanson*
DE Lars Koht*
ILB Kyle Kragen*
TE Henry Krieger-Coble*
DB B.J. Lowery*
S Ryan Murphy
OT Justin Murray*
G Robert Myers Jr.
OL Aaron Neary*
CB Taurean Nixon
ILB Dwayne Norman*
WR Kalif Raymond*
OLB Sadat Sulleyman*
RB/FB Juwan Thompson
CB John Tidwell*
OLB Eddie Yarbrough
Safety Shiloh Keo was also placed on the reserve/suspended list. Keo was suspended by the league for violating the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse.