After much speculation, the Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year deal. Sanchez was released by the New York Jets just prior to their announcement of signing former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Including a $750,000 signing bonus, Sanchez's one-year deal is worth $2.25 million. However, incentives could push the total value of the deal to $4 million. Sanchez would have to play 90 percent of the total offensive snaps this season in order to complete his incentives. Considering the Eagles are moving forward with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback, the only way Sanchez would be able to achieve those incentives was if Foles had a season-ending injury in the preseason or within the first few games of the regular season.
The terms of Sanchez's deal were agreed upon early in the week, but the signing was contingent on passed physical exam. Sanchez missed all of the 2013 season due to a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. In addition to the surgery to repair the torn labrum, Sanchez had arthroscopic knee surgery as well. He is believed to be at about 80 percent and has recently started to throw again. Sanchez said he hopes to ready for spring practices.
Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the New York Jets, has played in 62 regular season games and six postseason games. In his 62 regular season games, he has completed 1,028 passes out of 1,867 attempts for 12,092 yards and 68 touchdowns. He has thrown 69 interceptions and fumbled 26 times. One of those 26 fumbles is the infamous "butt fumble" in which Sanchez ran into the rear end of his own teammate and fumbled the ball. The fumble was recovered by the New England Patriots and taken back for a touchdown.
In his six postseason games between the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Sanchez completed 95 passes out of 157 attempts for 1,455 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had three interceptions and one fumble.
After leading the Jets to the AFC Championship in 2009 and 2010, Sanchez brings veteran leadership to the Eagles locker room. He will compete with fellow USC quarterback Matt Barkley for the backup position. The only thing that may hold Sanchez back from winning that competition is his shoulder. Right now, the backup position is Barkley's to lose.
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