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Rams express interest in Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez hits the turf, the aftermath of the Butt Fumble, now forever a part of Thanksgiving Football Lore. (Julio Cortez / AP)

Just how, where and whether Mark Sanchez will continue his NFL career was uncertain after his release by the New York Jets on Friday afternoon, but at least one team has expressed interest in him.

“I’d say that there is interest. I can’t say how much. But there certainly would be interest,” St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher told USA Today on Sunday at the owners’ meetings in Orlando. “I don’t have a backup with experience on the roster right now.”

Well, no, he doesn’t. And he has a starter, Sam Bradford, who has been injury-prone and tore his anterior cruciate ligament last October. What the Rams have right now is starter Sam Bradford, who is five months removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last October.

Sanchez, who underwent surgery after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in a preseason game, might do well in St. Louis, where Fisher’s offensive coordinator is Brian Schottenheimer. Sanchez’s best seasons with the Jets came when Schottenheimer was the offensive coordinator there. Austin Davis, a second-year pro, presently is St. Louis’ backup.

“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.”

Starting over in St. Louis might be just what he needs to put the butt fumble behind him.

(Courtesy SB Nation)


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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