In the wake of Sam Bradford's season-ending ACL injury, the St. Louis Rams are expressing interest in Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Could Mark Sanchez possibly be on his way to the Philadelphia Eagles?
"With Sam Bradford out for the season with another torn ACL, the natural question for the St. Louis Rams is: Who will take his spot?
"Shaun Hill is a quality backup for Bradford and coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Hill is 'our guy.' He's certainly an upgrade from last year's backup Kellen Clemens, and he's been in the Rams' system since March. Then again, Hill is 34 years old and hasn't started an NFL game since 2010. He earned his reputation as quality backup a long time ago, and his ability to excel over 16 games is a mystery.
"One logical candidate for a trade is Philadelphia Eagles backup Mark Sanchez, whom offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer worked with in New York.
"NFL Media Insider reprots that Rams have some interest in Sanchez, per a source informed of the situation. But the Eagles have been more than pleased with the former Jets quarterback this year and would have to be blown away to trade him. And the Rams chose to sign Hill over Sanchez in the offseason, The Rams will remain 'open-minded' according to Rapoport and see who calls.
"The Rams are in a terrible spot. There is no magical quarterback solution out there that will save their season (that's including Christian Ponder and anyone else you can come up with). Is the 'upgrade' from Shaun Hill to Mark Sanchez really worth giving up a halfway decent future draft pick? Is the difference between five and seven wins that big a deal in a brutal division?
"Rams fans don't want to hear it, but the team is likely better off bottoming out and then finally drafting thei next quarterback of the future near the top of the 2015 draft."
Bradford tore his ACL during Saturday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, per ESPN:
"St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the 2014 season after an MRI disclosed he tore the ACL in his left knee in Saturday night's preseason game against the Browns, coach Jeff Fisher confirmed.
"'(This is) devastating for Sam,' said Fisher.
"It is the same injury that sidelined Bradford in the middle of last season.
"'Anyone that's gone through that procedure and the rehab understands and to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult,' Fisher said. 'We're thinking of Sam. I met with him this morning. He's left the building to spend time with his parents. I really can't give you any timetable as to when he's going to have this procedure done.'
"Bradford took what appeared to be a light hit from Cleveland's Armonty Bryant as he threw incomplete to tight end Jared Cook. Bradford shrugged Bryant off, but the defensive lineman made contact with the quarterback's left knee.
"Bradford fell to the ground in pain as Rams doctors and trainers rushed to his side. He limped off the field under his own power but favoring the left leg as he went to the locker room for futher examination.
"'It's just highly unusual,' Fisher said of the injury. 'There's a one in 100 chance that something like that would happen. It wasn't a perfect impact; ACL injuries they are all different. This was just kind of a hyperextension with the impact coming from the outside. The knee was locked and something has to give. Unfortunately the ACL gave.'
"Veteran Shaun Hill replaced Bradford, going 2 of 6 for 45 yards.
"'This team is going to rally around Shaun, and this team is going to go play,' Fisher said. 'We have all the confidence in the world in Shaun.'"