Mark Sanchez was once a promising young NFL quarterback with the Jets, before his deficiencies and eventually a shoulder injury ended his time in New York.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who has already shown that he knows a few things about successful offensive football in the NFL, must think that promising quarterback from some years ago still exists because he reportedly wants to resurrect Sanchez's career.
Multiple reports, including those from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, say the Eagles are interested in signing Sanchez, although that will depend on physical examinations.
Sanchez was waived by the Jets for a failed physical, a formality because Sanchez is still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered last preseason that knocked him out for the entire regular season. If he checks out, the Eagles seem to be first in line to give him another shot.
The fact that the Eagles (who lost backup quarterback Michael Vick to the Jets) are immediately interested is a surprise. Sanchez regressed with the Jets, with 52 turnovers in his last two seasons. But a bad offensive supporting cast didn't help him much. He would have a nice opportunity in Philadelphia. Kelly's offensive system turned Nick Foles from a relative unknown to one of the NFL's most productive quarterbacks last year. It would definitely be intriguing if Sanchez lands in Philadelphia.
The Sanchez-Eagles partnership isn't done yet, especially with the questions about his shoulder still lingering and other teams showing interest too (NFL Network reported the Giants are interested too ... what a story that would be). But the demand for Sanchez as soon as he hit the market, including from one of the league's best offensive coaches, shows that there's plenty of belief that Sanchez can still be a high-level quarterback after he didn't work out with the Jets.
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