‘Mutual interest’ between Nick Foles, Dallas Cowboys

Rapoport noted that Dallas did its homework on Foles even before he was released by Los Angeles, saying: “They did work on him when the Rams were trying to shop him. There’s a lot of mutual interest there for the Cowboys and Nick Foles.”

With Foles sitting on his couch jobless and the Cowboys in desperate need of another camp arm, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this deal go down much sooner than later.

What’s your perception of Mark Sanchez?

It’s probably something like this: Some ups (the guy has been a part of four playoff wins, including one at Tom Brady and the New England Patriots), plenty of downs, he has been the butt (fumble) of jokes and ultimately a quarterback whose career has been unfulfilling.

Sanchez has a chance to change all of that.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with landing on the Denver Broncos as their presumptive Week 1 starter. Sanchez finds himself on a team that just won a Super Bowl, so anything less this season is a step back. He’s replacing Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. The challenge is unmistakable.

But it’s also an amazing opportunity for Sanchez, just before his 30th birthday, to rewrite his NFL story.

“It’s been an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade anything — the good, the bad, the ugly — and it’s been so fun. Now this is just this gift-wrapped opportunity,” Sanchez said. “You don’t want to squander this. This is a real shot to finish your career the way you want.”

Sanchez doesn’t have the starting job yet. So far in training camp he has mostly split first-team repetitions with Trevor Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round pick. This year’s first-round pick, Paxton Lynch, is still on the third team as he struggles through rookie inconsistency. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that nothing has been decided, and preseason games will matter.

“I don’t think anybody has taken off and done anything,” Kubiak said.

Stabler was part-man, part-living legend before he died in 2015. His off-field lifestyle coupled with his on-field heroics made for a unique persona. He kept fans on the edge of their seats when he was leading fourth-quarter touchdown drives, but also when he was partying during the offseason — or on Saturday nights before games. “The monotony of camp was so oppressive,” he wrote in his autobiography, “that without the diversions of whiskey and women, those of us who were wired for activity and no more than six hours sleep a night might have gone berserk.”

His football legacy is as the figurehead of the 1970s Raiders, a role his personality perfectly suited. In his first playoff game in 1972, Stabler came in as a backup and scrambled for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:13 remaining to give Oakland a 7-6 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (Yep, that’s the forgotten part of the Immaculate Reception game). That set the stage for six unforgettable years. He won playoff games in five straight seasons, often with heroics. Stabler wasn’t the most talented quarterback, but he carved out quite the spot for himself in NFL lore.