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Mark Sanchez, less than a week after being released by the New York Jets, has found a new team. In what amounted to a trade of quarterbacks, Sanchez agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles after passing a physical examination.
The Jets cut Sanchez, once considered their franchise quarterback, hours before spicing up the competition by signing Michael Vick, who played for Philadelphia the past five seasons.
Vick will battle Geno Smith for the starting job, but Sanchez will not have the same opportunity with the Eagles. With Nick Foles established, Sanchez, 27, will compete with Matt Barkley for the backup job.
After missing all of last season following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Sanchez is expected to be close to healthy when offseason workouts begin next month. He said the doctors were “pleasantly surprised” with his recovery, and he expects to be ready to go.
Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly is familiar with Sanchez from their time together in the Pacific-12 Conference, when Kelly worked at Oregon and Sanchez played at Southern California. The Jets will not face the Eagles during the regular season, but Sanchez — and Vick — can expect a reunion in the preseason, when the teams traditionally play each other in the exhibition finale.
Sanchez inked a one-year deal with the Eagles that will pay him $2.25 million, and he can make upward of $4 million if he hits all incentives.
Although Sanchez has more experience than Foles, his statistics are not as impressive. Sanchez has started 62 regular-season games and has completed 55.1 percent of his passes, with 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.
Dolphins sign Moreno
Miami Dolphins newcomer Knowshon Moreno showed last year he can run, catch and block, and they’re counting on him to do all three a lot.
“Knowshon is a very talented back,” General Manager Dennis Hickey said last week. “He’s a three-down back who can help our team in lot of different ways.”
Moreno signed a $3.275 million, one-year contract to play for Miami after five seasons with the Denver Broncos. He helped them reach the Super Bowl last year when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes, scored 13 touchdowns and reinforced his reputation as a blocker of blitzing linebackers.
His catching skills should make him a valuable option for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was sacked a franchise-record 58 times last year.
The Broncos made Moreno the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and he had his best season last year. But 2013 rookie Montee Ball made Moreno expendable in Denver.
NFL plans penalties
The NFL is cracking down on the in-your-face taunts and insults.
St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the NFL competition committee, said last week that the league will enforce penalties for the use of the N-word and other vulgar language as soon as offseason practices begin this spring. Taunts already can result in a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the prohibition has been unevenly enforced.
The NFL investigation of the Miami Dolphins, which detailed the extensive and casual use of vulgar insults among players, helped spur the change. But Fisher said the league already had noticed an increase in on-field taunts. “We’ve got to change our conduct on the field,” he said at owners’ meetings.
Fisher said the NCAA also wants the NFL to clean up taunting because the bad behavior trickles down to the college level.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league also is working to clean up locker-room behavior and will meet with players, coaches, executives and outside experts for training sessions.
Ravens star gets married
A day after he was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly knocking his fiancee unconscious, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer got married. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said Saturday that he visited Rice and Palmer after Friday’s ceremony and they are “in a good place.”
Rice and Palmer, who police said were involved in a physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino on Feb. 15, have been getting counseling and therapy, according to Ravens officials.
Redskins sign McGlynn
The Washington Redskins signed free agent offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. McGlynn can play center and both guard positions. He’s started 48 games over five NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts. McGlynn is expected to add depth to a line that allowed 43 sacks last year.