The Philadelphia Eagles look set to add free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez to their roster. Sanchez, formerly of the New York Jets, is one of the more well known names currently on the market at the quarterback position and will act as back up to the Eagles starting quarterback, Nick Foles.
Sanchez has turned into a figure of ridicule across the league over the last couple of seasons, as the quarterback who committed a “butt-fumble” against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day 2012. However, as a back up quarterback, he makes sense for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Drafted at number 5 overall in 2009, Sanchez went to two AFC Championship games with the Jets. He has experience of winning in the playoffs and is a fighter, who didn’t give up his job easily in New York, even after the Jets picked rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the 2013 draft.
While the instant reaction from lots of fans has been negative, adding Sanchez actually makes sense. In New York, Sanchez wasn’t exactly armed with an array of receiving talent. His only real option at wide receiver has been Santonio Holmes, who has been inconsistent, with the odd flash of brilliance. Sanchez is known to be effective over short range passes, something the Eagles may be looking to maximise in their run first offense. He has also led ten 4th quarter comebacks and 12 game winning drives, showing an ability to fight and battle as the leader of his team.
The main reason in Sanchez’s favour, however, is the question of who else could the Eagles get?
While the deal rests on the medical evaluation of Sanchez’s injured shoulder, which caused him to miss the 2013 season, consider the question of what the Eagles could do if they don’t get Sanchez? Would ex-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman be any better? Would you like to see ex- Green Bay Packer Matt Flynn? Or San Francisco 49er’s Colt McCoy?
The Eagles already have a developing talent in former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, so the option of adding another rookie through the draft seems pointless. Sanchez, another former USC quarterback, seems the best fit.