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Eagles, Mark Sanchez have mutual interest in signing a new deal

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Don't count out the Sanchize.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, impending free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez is interested in returning to Philadelphia in 2015. Apparently the Eagles are still interested in Sanchez as well.

"Considered by many to be the best quarterback option on the market, the Eagles and Sanchez have a strong mutual interest in reuniting next season, a person close to the situation who requested anonymity told NJ Advance Media."

NFL insider Jason La Canfora also recently said he would peg Sanchez returning to Philadelphia.

Sanchez signed with the Eagles on a one-year contract last offseason. The team brought him in to be a backup to Nick Foles with Michael Vick having left to sign with the New York Jets.

The Eagles were forced to play Sanchez when Nick Foles went down with a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 9. Sanchez helped lead the Eagles to a win over the Houston Texans before finishing the season with a 4-4 record in the next eight games. Sanchez finished the 2014 season with 198 completions 309 attempts for 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 2,418 yards, and an 88.4 passer rating. His 7.8 yards per attempt and 64.1% completion rate were career highs for him. In fact, his completion rate makes him currently the most accurate passer in Eagles franchise history, which is pretty crazy.

Sanchez certainly didn't endear himself to the fan base down the stretch. His turnovers were certainly part of why the team failed to win three of their last four games and miss the 2015 NFL playoffs. With that said, he's still arguably one of the better backup quarterback options in the league. It's no surprise to see why the Eagles would want to see him return on the bench.

It's interesting to see that Sanchez has mutual interest. Some thought he might get an opportunity for more playing time elsewhere, but his struggles late in 2014 didn't help his case. Sanchez might decide that sticking in Philadelphia, where he's put up some of the best numbers in his career, could be what's best for him.