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Cowboys could be facing scrutiny for timing of Mark Sanchez signing

Washington St. Cougars v USC Trojans

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the USC Trojans looks on from the bench during the game against the Washington St. Cougars at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojoans defeated the Cougars 47-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Cowboys, desperate for a backup quarterback, apparently moved more quickly than they should have to address their needs.

Per a league source with knowledge of the timing of the release of the NFL’s official transaction report for Saturday, September 3, the Cowboys face scrutiny from the league office for signing former Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez before his release from the Broncos was officially communicated by the league to all teams.

While a technicality, it’s nevertheless a clear violation of the tampering rules, with the Cowboys contacting, negotiating with, and signing Sanchez while he was still officially the property of the Broncos. The bigger question is whether the NFL will do anything about it.

Patriots fans are watching and waiting.