We are still in the sunrise days of the NFL season. Through three preseason games, there have already been a slew of injuries for potential starters. Quarterbacks such as Cam Newton and Sam Bradford have fell victim to this stigma. You don’t just flip a switch and instinctively jump into preparedness for a grueling NFL season. Due to this, Bradford’s season is already over, and Newton likely won’t see another snap in the preseason.
Bradford’s season-ending injury is what stands out in Philly. The Rams have no employable backup on their roster, and a veteran like Sanchez suddenly becomes highly alluring for St. Louis. When Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was asked about the possibility of moving the red-hot Sanchez prior to Bradford’s injury, he stayed true to his honest, objective self, and answered with, “we’ll listen to anything from anybody.”
Expectedly, reporters spun that into headlines that the Eagles would be open to trading Sanchez. The Eagles haven’t had any reported offers for the veteran yet, but this speculation makes sense, because Rams coach Jeff Fisher reportedly showed interest in signing Sanchez this offseason.
The Eagles would not receive much for the veteran, and all indications point to nothing happening prior to the season, but maybe the Rams consider Sanchez if they stumble out of the gate under Hill. Sanchez may not be the savior, but would be a viable replacement for the time being. As for his value, expecting anything more than a mid-level player or draft pick, would be foolish. Think about this; If Nick Foles got hurt, would you be willing to give up a bounty for Sanchez to play for you for the rest of this season?
This is one of the rare occasions where the demand increases for a player, but not his overall value. Fans and coaches still remember how Sanchez habitually turned the ball over in New York, and he hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2012. His value is still rather low, but there is a vendor for his services, and a mad scientist of a coach like Kelly may find a use for whatever the Eagles would get for him.
Any way you wrap it, “The Sanchize” has more games played, thrown more touchdowns and has more wins than Shaun Hill, and that alone will continue to elicit trade speculation until Hill proves that he is worthy of leading the Rams for 2014.