The Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of signing veteran signal caller Mark Sanchez after they clear him in a mandatory physical and iron out the contract details. The question is, why?
While the Eagles left themselves a bit thin allowing Michael Vick to sign elsewhere, they did trade up to the top of the 4th round in last year’s draft to land Matt Barkley, a young quarterback with a heck of pedigree.
The assumption was Barkley, a year removed from shoulder surgery, would come to camp stronger, with more zip on his throws, and entrench himself firmly as Nick Foles‘ backup. Apparently, the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly had other plans.
There are some benefits to the Sanchez signing. He has more than 60 starts under his belt, and has substantial playoff experience. He’s no stranger to the big moment, however, the past few seasons, his play on the field has simply been poor. He will ultimately be remembered for the infamous butt fumble, but regardless, his past few seasons have left a lot to be desired.
Perhaps coach Kelly and new quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave can tweak his mechanics and get Sanchez back on the path to success, but I have my doubts. With three quarterbacks now on the roster and expected to make the 53-man squad, don’t expect a quarterback in the draft.
It looks like the Eagles are set at the position. However, if Sanchez underperforms or looks unhealthy during training camp, that could always change things. For now, a strange offseason continues to take some wild and mysterious turns. What’s next for this team? Your guess is as good as mine.