Quarterback Mark Sanchez officially signed with the Eagles Friday morning.

Sanchez signed a one-year contract believed to be worth $2.25 million, including a $750,000 signing bonus.

"I've said many times that we will always look to add quality players at the quarterback position," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Friday in a statement. "We consider it a key position in this game, so having the chance to add Mark to that group was a no-brainer for us.

"Mark has started 68 games in his career and has taken his teams deep into the playoffs multiple times, so we really like what he brings to the table from an experience standpoint. I also had the chance to see Mark play in college and have always had respect for his game and athletic ability."

The deal also includes added incentives, though it's difficult to imagine him reaching them if they are tied to playing time.

Barring injury, Sanchez will be battling fellow former USC quarterback Matt Barkley for the right to serve as Nick Foles' backup.

Michael Vick, who played that role for most of last season, opted to sign with the Jets and fight with Geno Smith for that starting job.

Sanchez's status will also depend on his health. He missed last season after undergoing surgery on his right (passing) shoulder. He passed a physical with the Eagles on Thursday and is reportedly progressing well with his rehab.

Sanchez will be trying to salvage a career that started with promise, but fizzled in recent years. He led the Jets to the AFC championship game his first two NFL seasons (2009, 2010), but was plagued with injuries and inconsistency. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder completed just  55.1 percent of his passes and threw 68 career touchdown passes against 69 interceptions.

"You can never have enough talent at the quarterback position on your roster, so when Mark became available we immediately became interested," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. "He was obviously a very highly-touted player coming out of USC and has had valuable experience in this league. He'll have the chance to come in and learn the playbook, and we feel he'll be a nice veteran addition to the quarterback room."

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