Eagles Reportedly Close to Adding Mark Sanchez

SanchezMark sanchez is reportedly on the verge of signing with the Eagles as a backup to Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. (Image courtesy of NYMag.com)

Adding a veteran backup quarterback was rather high on the Eagles offseason priorties, and just three days after allowing Michael Vick to sign with the New York Jets, the franchise is on the verge of adding it's own backup.

Mark Sanchez reportedly is close to agreeing to terms with the Eagles to serve as the team's second or third-string quarterback behind starter Nick Foles according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.


Sanchez, 29 has compiled a 33-29 as a starter, with 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in his five NFL seasons.

The USC product will likely serve as the team's third quarterback behind fellow Trojan Matt Barkley. However, in order to come to terms on a deal, Sanchez would need to pass a physical which may not be the layup it typically should be given the quarterback's shoulder injury suffered last season.

Sanchez was waived by the Jets after failing a physical because of his shoulder injury. He lost his starting job to rookie Geno Smith last season.

Clearly Chip Kelly sees Sanchez as a fit for his offense and it's quite telling that if this deal comes to fruition, the Eagles would have three traditional drop back passers at the quarterback position which dispels any notion that the second-year head coach 'requires' a running quarterback to execute his system to its full potential.

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