ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says the Birds are expected to sign Sanchez, who was recently let go by the Jets. We were told that a signing is not yet imminent, mainly because there is still a medical evaluation process to go through. The 27-year-old missed the entire 2013 campaign after injuring his throwing shoulder in the preseason. He had labrum surgery back in October. The Jets designated Sanchez’s release as a “failed physical.”
Sanchez, a first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2009, started 62 games in five seasons for the Jets. He completed 55.1 percent of his passes, averaged 6.48 yards per attempt and threw 68 touchdowns against 69 interceptions. He has a career QB rating of 71.7.
The Jets released Sanchez on Friday and signed former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. So, this could turn out to be what amounts to a Philly-New York QB swap.
Sanchez (6-2, 227) went 1-1 against Oregon in 2007 and 2008. He completed 65.2 percent of his passes and tossed five touchdowns against two interceptions. Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator of those Oregon teams.
On Sunday, St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher told the USA Today that the Rams were interested in Sanchez as well.
Sheil Kapadia contributed to this report.