It has been just three days since the New York Jets released Mark Sanchez because he failed his physical due to a shoulder surgery. Teams including the Eagles and the Giants have shown interest in the former first-round draft pick. So far, the Eagles have the advantage but nothing is set in stone.
The Giants reportedly have some level of interest in Mark Sanchez but according to the Daily News, “it’s unlikely that Sanchez, who won four road playoff games in five seasons with the Jets, will be staying in New York.”
ESPN reports, “Mark Sanchez, who was released by the New York Jets on Friday, is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.” Rumors indicate a mutual interest between the Eagles and Sanchez but the team needs to examine Mark’s shoulder before they can invest in him.
The Daily News also reports that, “Sanchez, who has been rehabbing in Southern California, is throwing at 80% capacity and will visit a team by the end of this week or early next week to get examined by team medical personnel. No team has asked Sanchez to throw at this point.”
Sanchez may have had his options limited because the Jets waited so long to release him. The Eagles may be a good home for Mark Sanchez. Chip Kelly, the Eagles head coach, has an offense loaded with talented skill position players including LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. Sanchez thrives in no-huddle offense schemes which would make a nice fit with Chip Kelly’s offense.
If Sanchez does sign with the Eagles, he may have to serve as backup to starting quarterback Nick Foles. Foles is coming off an excellent season as a back-up relief quarterback to Michael Vick. Now that Vick has gone to the Jets Foles is poised to take the starting job. Sanchez would make a solid backup to Foles.
Mark Sanchez posted a farewell letter to Jets fans on his official Twitter page on Monday morning.
“Playing quarterback for the New York Jets has been the thrill of my young career,” Sanchez wrote. “We shared some incredible moments together that I’ll never forget.
“There were some tough times, but mostly good times,” he added. “In the end, I know I gave you and the Jets everything I had to win the Lombardi Trophy. I only regret that we couldn’t bring it home for all of us to share.”