Despite melting down at the end of the season and costing the Eagles a trip to the playoffs, QB Mark Sanchez is comfortable in Philly.
The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly in talks with QB Mark Sanchez about keeping the backup QB in Philadelphia for at least another season.
According to NJ.com, the Eagles and Sanchez “have a strong mutual interest” in staying together in 2015 despite his meltdown during the 2014 season that cost the Eagles a trip to the playoffs.
Even though he is an unrestricted free agent, Sanchez is very popular with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who said that the team didn’t miss a beat after being forced to quickly transition to him after QB Nick Foles was injured against the Houston Texans.
But the Eagles still have Foles on the roster and have shown significant interest in NFL draft prospect Marcus Mariota, who Kelly coached for two seasons at the University of Oregon. If Sanchez does return, it would likely be as a backup once again.
Sanchez became the Eagles’ interim starter in Week 9 of the 2014 season after Nick Foles went down with an injury. Sanchez won 3 of his first four starts and set numerous career highs for efficiency in games against the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. But after the Thanksgiving win Sanchez broke down and suffered three straight losses, with the Philadelphia being removed from playoff contention in Week 16 against Washington.
He finished the season with a career-high 64.1% completion rate and 88.4 passer rating, along with 2,418 passing yards, 14 TDs and a career-low 11 INTs.