The Eagles are considering signing Jets castoff Mark Sanchez to back up starting quarterback Nick Foles, but a high-ranking league source denied an ESPN report that a deal has been finalized.
The source said the Eagles are still in the process of gathering information on Sanchez’s shoulder, which he injured during an August preseason game against the Giants and required surgery.
The source said if all the medical reports come in positive, the Eagles will likely try to sign Sanchez.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted that the Jets formally released Sanchez with a failed physical but added that the injury would not prevent him from joining the Eagles.
NFL Network reported that the Giants and Rams are among other teams interested in acquiring the 27-year-old Sanchez.
The Jets cut ties with Sanchez after signing former Eagle Michael Vick to compete with Geno Smith.
Sanchez missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery.
From 2009 through 2012, Sanchez started 62 of a possible 64 games, going 33-29, completing 55 percent of his passes and throwing 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.
Sanchez was the fifth overall pick out of USC in the 2009 draft. His best season was 2010, when he was 11-5 with 17 TDs and 13 INTs.
Although his regular-season numbers are modest, Sanchez has four career playoff wins in six starts, and his 94.3 postseason passer rating is ninth-highest in NFL history among quarterbacks with at least five postseason starts.
Mortensen reported that the Jets released Sanchez with a failed physical but that Sanchez’s recovery from shoulder surgery was going well.
The only active quarterbacks with more playoff wins than Sanchez are Tom Brady (18), Peyton Manning (11), Ben Roethlisberger (10), Joe Flacco (9), Eli Manning (8) and Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees (six each).
It’s not clear yet whether Sanchez would become the No. 2 behind Nick Foles or whether he’d compete with Matt Barkley, another former USC quarterback. Barkley was the Eagles’ fourth-round pick last year.
-- Reuben Frank, CSN Philadelphia