Jeff Fisher: Rams interested in Mark Sanchez

Upon his release from the Jets on Friday, Mark Sanchez vaulted to the top of the free agent quarterback class. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for a suitor to come forward.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher told USA Today Sunday that his team is interested in signing Sanchez.

“I’d say that there is interest. I can’t say how much. But there certainly would be interest,” Fisher said at the league’s owners meetings. “I don’t have a backup with experience on the roster right now.”

St. Louis is dangerously thin at the position, having lost veteran backup-turned-starter Kellen Clemens, who signed a two-year contract with the Chargers last week. As it stands now, only Austin Davis, a 2012 undrafted free agent, remains on the depth chart behind Sam Bradford.

With Bradford returning from a torn ACL, Fisher understands the importance of rostering a solid backup. Though Sanchez was run out of New York, he has the requisite experience (62 regular season starts, four playoff wins) and still is only 27-years-old.

Sanchez would also have a firm grasp of the playbook, as Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer called plays for the Jets from 2009-2011.

“Brian had a good relationship with Mark,” Fisher said. “He’s just learning. He’s been to the AFC Championship game a couple of times, so he’s been there.”

On paper, there are few better matches for Sanchez than with St. Louis. It’d behoove both parties to hammer out an agreement, giving Sanchez a job and the Rams more flexibility entering the draft.

Zack Kelberman
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