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Mark Sanchez signs contract with Philadelphia Eagles

The next chapter in the career of Mark Sanchez begins with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Sanchez agreed to terms with the team on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team confirmed Sanchez had signed his one-year deal Friday. 

Per Rapoport, the pact is for one year and worth up to $4 million, according to a source who has seen the contract. 

Sanchez arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday night to have his surgically repaired shoulder and knee checked out by Eagles team doctors. The quarterback hit the open market this week after five up-and-down seasons with the New York Jets.

Rex Ryan believes Sanchez will recapture an NFL starting job, but it won't happen during the start of his tenure in Philadelphia. Nick Foles was a breakout star in Chip Kelly's offense last season and is the clear-cut starter. Sanchez slides into a defined backup role ahead of Matt Barkley, who likely will remain the team's developmental quarterback in his second season.

Sanchez and Barkley have shared DNA as former USC stars of the 2000s.

Foles holds the key to how long Sanchez calls Philadelphia home. If Foles remains healthy and effective -- and keeps the backup on the bench as a result -- Sanchez will be more inclined to search for a starting job elsewhere in 2015. But for now, Sanchez will remain in the background, working in a dynamic offensive system for the first time in his career.

As far as landing spots go, it could be worse.

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