Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sanchez signing completes Jets-Eagles QB swap


The unofficial quarterback trade is officially complete.

Less than a week after the New York Jets released Mark Sanchez to sign former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Michael Vick, the Eagles made their big quarterback move of the offseason in signing -- guess who? -- Sanchez.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the sides agreed to terms after Sanchez passed his physical with the team.

Sanchez was never expected to remain on the Jets' roster, though New York general manager John Idzik insisted earlier this week that his release wasn't a sure thing. Technically it wasn't, as the Jets were certainly open to trading him but were unable to find a partner.

"The guy’s got some physical tools," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Sanchez earlier this week. "He’s competitive. Up until last year, he’s durable. Unfortunately he had that injury, but he’ll do what it takes to get back, get healthy, and I wish him the best."
The 27-year-old Sanchez, who is coming off shoulder rehab, will immediately etch himself in the Eagles' depth chart as Nick Foles' primary backup, while Vick will partake in a legitimate positional competition with second-year incumbent Geno Smith.

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