Chip Kelly: Signing Mark Sanchez ‘was a no-brainer for us’

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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year, $2.25 million deal.

“I’ve said many times that we will always look to add quality players at the quarterback position,” said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. “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 was a fifth overall selection of the New York Jets in 2009, started 62 career regular season games for the Jets, totaling 12,092 yards and 68 touchdowns on 55.1 percent and led the team to the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010.

“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.”

Sanchez will join quarterbacks Nick Foles, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne currently on the Eagles roster.

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