By Sam Bush
When the Eagles’ season ended late last December, the conventional wisdom was that back-up QB Mark Sanchez, who stepped in for injured Nick Foles and was 4-4, would become a free agent and go elsewhere to find another starting job in the NFL.
So much for the CW.
The Eagles and Sanchez are in talks to stay together for 2015, according to NJ.com.
If Sanchez returns, that means he’s settling for a situation in which he’d likely be a backup again, and maybe even a third-stringer if the Eagles keep starter Nick Foles and draft coach Chip Kelly’s former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota or someone else on April 30.
Sanchez may be the best free agent quarterback available this year, not that that’s saying much. The other top free agent quarterbacks available include Brian Hoyer, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Scott Tolzien.
Perhaps Sanchez wants to stay in Philly because he realizes there wouldn’t be many opportunities to start elsewhere.
He was a flop as a starter with the Jets, and if he has to be a backup again this year, he’d likely prefer to be in Philly.