It’s official: Mark Sanchez is an Eagle.
The Eagles announced on Friday that Sanchez has signed a one-year contract. In Philadelphia he’ll compete with Matt Barkley (who succeeded Sanchez as the starting quarterback at USC) for the right to back up Nick Foles.
Sanchez was released a week ago by the Jets after spending five years in New York. As a Jet, Sanchez started out as a promising young player but ended up a disappointment, never fixing his problems with fumbling and throwing interceptions. He missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a preseason shoulder injury.
As an Eagle, Sanchez will arrive with a lot less pressure, and he’ll adapt to a very different offense under coach Chip Kelly. The 27-year-old Sanchez may some day be a starter again, but a year as a backup under a smart offensive-minded coach could do him a lot of good.
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