Mark Sanchez expected to sign with Eagles on Friday

Mark Sanchez talks to reporters during the Jets

Mark Sanchez talks to reporters during the Jets open locker room. (May 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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Mark Sanchez went from discarded starter to one of the NFL's most experienced backup quarterbacks in less than a week.

The former Jet has wasted no time finding a new home. Sanchez agreed to a deal with the Eagles on Thursday, a source said, and is expected to sign with the team Friday.

Philadelphia's signing of the five-year veteran would effectively complete a backup quarterback swap between the Jets and Eagles. Shortly after the Jets officially released Sanchez last Friday, they announced the signing of former Eagle Michael Vick to compete with Geno Smith.

Sanchez, 27, was in Philadelphia on Thursday to undergo a physical and meet with team officials, a source told Newsday. Sanchez's medical clearance remained the final hurdle for the Eagles, who seemed eager to sign him once he passed his physical.

Although Eagles coach Chip Kelly would not confirm the imminent signing, he did praise the Jets' former first-round pick at this week's NFL owners meetings.

"I think Mark's a very, very good athlete,'' Kelly said Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. "He's started games in this league. He's got great experience. There's a lot of positive qualities to him.''

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Sanchez missed all of last season after suffering a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder in the preseason during garbage time of a preseason game against the Giants. And as a result of his injury -- and his sky-high salary-cap number for 2014 -- the Jets released him.

Sanchez was due to earn a $2- million roster bonus last Tuesday and also carried a $13.1-million cap charge for the upcoming season. The Jets -- who signed Vick to a one-year, $4-million guaranteed deal -- saved $8.3 million by cutting Sanchez.

Sanchez's NFL career got off to a promising start when he helped lead the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games in 2009 and 2010. But three straight non-winning seasons, his infamous butt-fumble and his shoulder injury helped seal his fate in Florham Park.

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