By Ed Baylor: Former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will reportedly be signing a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles today [Thursday], according to CBS Sports writer Jason La Canfora. It’s unclear how long Sanchez will be signing for and for how much money. Sanchez was recently cut by the Jets after 5 seasons with the team, with 4 of them as the team’s starter.
Mark Sanchez is signing with the Eagles today
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 27, 2014
Sanchez will be competing for the No.2 backup spot behind starter Nick Foles. His competition will be former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who was drafted in the 4th round by the Eagles in 2013. Sanchez also went to USC, and was drafted in the 1st round by the Jets in 2009. They felt that Sanchez was going to be a franchise type quarterback when they drafted him. However, he failed to show that he was anything more than a mediocre type talent, and eventually the Jets lost interest in waiting for him to show improvement. Last season, the Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the 2nd round, and they used him as the starter last season after Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury.
Sanchez competed 55.1 percent of his passes with 69 interceptions and 12,092 yards in his 4 seasons as the Jets starter.
It’s going to be difficult for Sanchez to take the No.2 spot with the Eagles unless he shows steady play, and good accuracy. Barkley is a highly accurate quarterback who rarely throws interceptions. Sanchez is going to need to outplay him during the preseason games in order to show that he deserves to be the team’s backup.
Sanchez is still currently rehabbing his right shoulder, but he’s expected to be ready by the start of the season.