Completing a 72-hour exchange of former starting quarterbacks via free agency, the Eagles have reportedly agreed to terms with former Jets signal-caller Mark Sanchez pending a physical.
According to @mortreport, Eagles about to sign Mark Sanchez as their veteran backup QB. I’m fine with that.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) March 24, 2014
As Frank’s tweet mentioned, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported the agreement between the two sides. The five-year veteran, who is coming off an entire season missed with a torn labrum will join the Eagles to compete with second-year pro Matt Barkley to be Nick Foles’ back-up. Sanchez, the former first round pick who was able to lead the Jets to the playoffs in his first two seasons as a starter, was earlier released by New York after they had signed former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
The 27-year old will bring a more veteran presence to the position that was in desperate need of depth, with the departure of Vick and the major steps necessary by 2013 4th round pick Barkley. Sanchez’s rise and fall as former franchise figurehead of the Jets was laden with the types of peaks and valleys that seem to surround the AFC East organization in the past decade. After Geno Smith conducted himself adequately as a starter at times and New York no longer interested in the presence of Sanchez at his prior salary, it was apparent the two sides no longer had a future. Then the Jets inked former Eagles starter Vick to a deal sealing Sanchez’s departure.
Sanchez has a career record of 33-29 as starter. He has thrown for 12,092 yards with 68 touchdowns compared to 69 interceptions along with a 55.1% completion percentage. Sanchez was cut by the Jets for a failed physical, though it was reportedly a standard protocol and said nothing about the quarterback’s bill of health. We will keep the story updated, but it seems like the USC Trojan will join an entirely dropback group of signal callers for the time being.
Eagles interested in Mark Sanchez, per source, but nothing official. Team needs to have doctors and trainers evaluate him first.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 24, 2014
The Inquirer’s Berman covers the Eagles and was adamant that the deal is not yet official, though it seems to be moving quickly. If/when the team releases a statement, we will include it.