Mark Sanchez is back.
The Redskins on Monday signed the free-agent quarterback to an undisclosed contract in the wake of Alex Smith’s season-ending injury, NFL Media reported.
Sanchez, who worked out for Washington earlier Monday along with EJ Manuel and T.J. Yates, beat out his competition to earn the role of backup behind Colt McCoy.
Smith was hurt while being sacked in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Texans, suffering a broken tibia and fibula. He was set to undergo surgery immediately and likely will need four to six months to make a full recovery.
Sanchez, who turned 32 last week, was selected by the Jets with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft and remained in New York until he was released in 2014. He went on to have stints with the Eagles, Cowboys and Bears.
Sanchez last appeared in a regular-season game in 2016 with Dallas. He has thrown for 86 touchdowns with 86 interceptions in his seven-year career and led the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship game appearances in 2009 and ’10.
He failed to catch on with a team for 2018 after receiving a four-game PED suspension during the offseason. Now into Week 12 of the season, the suspension reportedly is no longer in force.
Ironically, his first game with the Redskins will be Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.