One area that the Eagles did not come away addressing in free agency this offseason (to this point, at least) was the backup quarterback position. Nick Foles is the team's starter moving forward, but the quarterback picture behind him isn't so clear. Second year QB Matt Barkley is heavily expected to compete for the number two job. The Eagles might still choose to bring in more competition, however. Eagles GM Howie Roseman said as much in a meeting with the media on Monday.
Last week, BGN profiled some of the best available free agent QB options on the market. None of them are especially appealing. But now, there's a new name about to hit the market. Oh yes, I'm talking about... SANCHEZZZZZ!!!
ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen recently mentioned the Eagles as a potential landing spot for the former New York Jets QB.
Sanchez was released from the Jets last week shortly before they signed former Eagles QB Michael Vick. He's had a weird career to this point. Sanchez was originally drafted by the Jets with the 5th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Rex Ryan and the organization liked him so much that they traded up to get him. With the heavy assistance of a strong defense, Sanchez quarterbacked the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances in his first two seasons with New York. His inconsistency eventually caught up with him. Sanchez fell out of favor and the Jets tried to replace him by drafting Geno Smith last season. Sanchez finished his career as a Jet with a 33-29 QB record (4-2 playoff record), 55% of his passes completed, 68 TD, 69 INT, a 6.5 average yards per attempt, a pedestrian 71.7 QB rating, and 43 fumbles (including one infamous butt fumble).
Sanchez is hardly an appealing option but perhaps Kelly feels the former USC QB is a good option to push Barkley, the other former USC QB on the roster. At worst, Sanchez would be a veteran third string QB to keep around. Still, given his high turnover rate I don't think he's a preferable option for the Eagles.
That said, it would be pretty funny if this ends up happening. The New York Jets could potentially end up with Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson while the Eagles get... Mark Sanchez....
[Note by Brandon Lee Gowton, 03/24/14 4:46 PM EDT] - Uhhhh it looks like this is really going to happen.
Sanchez "failed physical" termination w Jets was protocol. Won't affect next step - signing with Eagles. He's on good recovery from surgery— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 24, 2014