Bears leave door open for QB Mark Sanchez's return

INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Glennon’s impending release forces the Chicago Bears to sign at least one new quarterback in the offseason, but general manager Ryan Pace hinted on Wednesday that veteran Mark Sanchez is under consideration to return.

“You know he did a good job this year,” Pace said at the NFL scouting combine. “All the things we value with him: his veteran leadership and his experiences. Again he’s a free agent; those are all evaluations that are ongoing.”

Chicago's No. 3 quarterback for all of 2017, Sanchez, 31, dutifully served as second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky's mentor last season.

However, Sanchez did not throw a pass in the regular season.

The fifth overall choice of the 2009 NFL draft, Sanchez started 72 total games for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles from 2009-15 before permanently taking on a backup role for the Dallas Cowboys (2016) and Bears.

New Bears coach Matt Nagy was noncommittal when pressed on the subject of adding another veteran backup quarterback, as opposed to drafting a developmental quarterback to play behind Trubisky, who enters the offseason as Chicago's unquestioned starter.

“That part of the process for us right now [deciding the route to go at backup quarterback], we're in the middle of it,” Nagy said. “We're evaluating which direction we want to go. We've gone the route of having a more experienced guy there. We've also gone the route of having a younger guy there. So, we just have to see how this whole thing plays out here in the next few weeks and months. But Ryan and I again, part of the communication process; we have a direction and a way we think we're going to go. But we'll keep that between us.”