PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Stigall spoke with CBS 3’s Sports Director Beasley Reece Friday on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the Eagles’ recent acquisition of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
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Reece thinks there may be more to the signing than just adding a second stringer behind Nick Foles.
“I don’t know that he is coming here to be the backup quarterback. He may eventually be the backup quarterback. We need to quit trying to handle Nick Foles with pillows; Nick is a tough guy. Nick will have to compete every year…I don’t think Sanchez is coming here to be the backup quarterback. I think he’s coming here to beat him out,” Reece said, looking ahead to a training camp competition for the most important position on the team.
Sanchez completed a deal yesterday with the Eagles after playing five seasons with the New York Jets.
Reece also believes that despite recent statements from wide receiver DeSean Jackson that he is happy with his current situation, the team may still be trying to trade him.
“I think it’s pretty clear that DeSean is being dangled to see what would improve the team, and I think Chip was pretty clear in that he likes DeSean, DeSean had a great year, but they will continue to do what’s best for the team,” he said.
And Reece feels recent additions to the offense have devalued Jackson and made him expendable.
“I don’t think the Eagles want to start allowing players to dictate changes in contracts when you have three years left. There are some guys who have certain leverage, DeSean doesn’t have that leverage…When you bring in Darren Sproles, that reduces DeSean Jackson’s catches…There’s not enough balls for DeSean Jackson to catch 82 passes for 1300 yards. Do you need to give [him] $9 million?” he said.