Six days after the New York Jets signed former Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick as a backup quarterback to Geno Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles returned the favor by signing the New York Jets starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, as a backup quarterback for Nick Foles. The terms of the deal were not disclosed as of this writing.
The one-year deal Mark Sanchez will sign with the Eagles on Friday will be worth a max of $4 million. Base value roughly half of that.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 28, 2014
Sanchez should fit right in to the number two quarterback on the depth chart. The Eagles also have fellow USC Trojan Alumni Matt Barkley on roster to help Sanchez feel right at home. His new head coach, Chip Kelly, is familiar with Sanchez from his time coaching at Oregon. Kelly has seen first-hand what Sanchez is capable of.
Sanchez did not have the best statistics in New York, but he also did not have the best cast of playmakers to help open up the field. With Foles having a Pro-Bowl year last year, there is a slim to none chance of Sanchez starting any games this year barring injury.
In the event Foles cannot play on a given Sunday, the Eagles will have confidence that Sanchez will go out there and compete. With the improved weapons around him and a full off-season to play with his new toys, Sanchez, who does have a winning track record at 33-29 as a starter, will be a strong fall back plan.
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