Mark Sanchez is no longer the “Sanchize." The spotlight has been turned off. He will be the answer to a future trivia question.
That is the natural progression from a first-round pick to backup quarterback, which is Sanchez’s new NFL role.
The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced Sanchez signed a one-year deal on Friday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Sanchez will earn $4 million this season. He will replace Michael Vick, who signed with the New York Jets, Sanchez’s former team, to compete against Geno Smith for a starting job this season.
"I've said many times that we will always look to add quality players at the quarterback position," said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly (via the team’s website). "We consider it a key position in this game, so having the chance to add Mark to that group was a no-brainer for us. Mark has started 68 games in his career and has taken his teams deep into the playoffs multiple times, so we really like what he brings to the table from an experience standpoint. I also had the chance to see Mark play in college and have always had respect for his game and athletic ability."
That being said, Sanchez was not signed to compete against Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.
Last season, Foles finished with 2,891 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 119.2 passer rating. Foles led Philadelphia to the playoffs and became a Pro Bowler. Kelly recently said he wanted to keep Foles in Philadelphia for 999 years, which is a huge endorsement.
Sanchez was a first-round pick in 2009. He has 12,092 passing yards and 68 touchdowns in his career. However, he has thrown 69 interceptions and fumbled 43 times (20 lost).
Remember all of those statistics for a future trivia contest.
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