Sanchez comes in to Philly after leaves to replace him at Jets.
The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly reached a deal with quarterback Mark Sanchez which essentially secures a swap of sorts with the New York Jets, as reported by ESPN.
Sanchez was released on Friday after the Jets had confirmed the capture of Michael Vick from Philadelphia, and it is understood that he arrived in the city on Wednesday night to undergo a medical exam on Thursday morning.
While the details of any agreed contract have not yet been disclosed, the Eagles would undoubtedly have wanted a closer look at the quarterback’s shoulder as he continues to recover from surgery which forced him to miss the entire 2013 season.
The 27-year-old resumed throwing recently and is said to be at about 80 percent as he looks ahead to taking part in pre-season training in order to establish himself as a reliable back-up option to starting signal-caller Nick Foles.
Matt Barkley has also joined the Eagles to add depth but it is presumed that Sanchez will begin as the second choice given his previous experience with a 33-29 record as a starter for the Jets which included four playoff victories.
Coach Chip Kelly conceded that it was an “area of need” for the franchise as they look to strengthen ahead of the new campaign, as after Vick departed for the Jets it was clear that the quarterback position was a priority.
Sanchez, a fifth overall pick in 2009, reached the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons, but has since regressed with his record showing he has 39 touchdowns along with 36 interceptions.
While he still has plenty of admirers within the league, Sanchez will see this as a new start in order to re-establish himself in the NFL and push Foles for that starting berth in Philadelphia.