Four months ago, Mark Sanchez was a free agent. Any team in the NFL could’ve signed him for free, minus his paycheck, of course.
So why would anybody try to trade for him now?
According to head coach Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles have not fielded any offers for their backup quarterback, nor are they shopping him. There weren’t even any credible rumors of Sanchez as a possible target or trade fodder.
That didn’t stop ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio from asking a sensational question, though, even if it has little to no basis in reality.
“Mark has played well, but we haven’t had anybody call or ask us anything. That’s not something we’re talking about because you’re just spending time on things that could happen, should happen.”
Stranger things have happened, I guess, but any general manager who would trade players or (more likely) draft picks for a backup quarterback he could have signed to a contract in March would be admitting failure. Furthermore, any GM who thinks Sanchez can save his club’s season would probably be better served holding on to those picks.
Sanchez is off to a tremendous start this preseason, completing 18 of 22 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Then again, a veteran quarterback with 68 combined starts in the regular season and playoffs should dissect second- and third-string defenses in August.
The fact remains Sanchez is the owner of a career 71.7 passer rating over five NFL seasons and hasn’t appeared in a meaningful football game since 2012.
This is the guy who’s going to learn a new playbook in two weeks to guide a team to the postseason?
What would it even cost for a team to pry Sanchez away from the Eagles? Since his arrival in Philly, Kelly has said repeatedly how important it is to have two quarterbacks in this league. Clearly, the club placed a high premium on Sanchez, swooping in to sign the 2009 fifth overall selection almost immediately upon his release from the New York Jets.
Let’s call it a mid-round pick. Some GM is going to offer that for Sanchez, who by the way is scheduled to become a free agent again next year?
Stranger things have happened, I know. This would be downright incredible, though.