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Eagles announce they've signed former Jets QB Mark Sanchez

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mark Sanchez officially has signed with Philadelphia. (USATSI)
Mark Sanchez officially has signed with Philadelphia. (USATSI)

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On Thursday, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had agreed to terms with the Eagles.

On Friday, the Eagles made it official, announcing a one-year deal that reportedly could be worth as much as $4 million.

“I've said many times that we will always look to add quality players at the quarterback position,” said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in a statement. “We consider it a key position in this game, so having the chance to add Mark to that group was a no-brainer for us. Mark has started 68 games in his career and has taken his teams deep into the playoffs multiple times, so we really like what he brings to the table from an experience standpoint. I also had the chance to see Mark play in college and have always had respect for his game and athletic ability."

Sanchez, the No. 52-ranked player on the CBSSports.com free agent list, likely will back up Nick Foles, but Philadelphia also gets a legitimate starting quarterback who took the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games during the first two years of his career.

“You can never have enough talent at the quarterback position on your roster, so when Mark became available we immediately became interested,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “He was obviously a very highly-touted player coming out of USC and has had valuable experience in this league. He'll have the chance to come in and learn the playbook, and we feel he'll be a nice veteran addition to the quarterback room."

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