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Mark Sanchez reveals real reason for Tim Tebow's Eagles contract

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Despite Tim Tebow's Philadephia Eagles deal having been in place now for almost one week there are many people still scratching their heads over the move.

With the Eagles already having the likes of Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez on the roster there has been much debate from those on the outside looking in as to just why Chip Kelly felt the need to bring another much-maligned quarterback into the equation.

Eagles explanation

Now though one of Tebow's positional rivals has offered Eagles fans, and the NFL world, perhaps the clearest explanation for the shock move. The comments themselves are unlikely to go down well with Tebow either.

Speaking to CSN Philadlephia, Mark Sanchez offered his insight into the situation.

"He (Tim Tebow) is obviously a great guy, he works hard," Sanchez began. "And we needed another guy to throw while Sam's (Bradford) still recovering. So that's the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me."

Tebow and Sanchez, of course, were teammates previously at the New York Jets but it certainly looks like the latter doesn't expect their rekindled working relationship to last into the 2015 NFL season.

Valid reason?

Sanchez's revelation makes sense to a point. Sam Bradford (himself only a new arrival in Philadelphia this offseason) has a long history of injury and is currently continuing his rehabilitation to full fitness following his most recent ACL tear.

Having an extra arm available - a playoff game winning arm no less - would ease the workload on Bradford during pre-season and reduce the risk of a setback in his recovery.

Not the obvious choice

While Tim Tebow makes it five quarterbacks on the Eagles roster at this point his past history in the NFL doesn't exactly point to a camp arm that is up there in the accuracy and efficiency tables.

If Chip Kelly only wanted someone for a couple of months he could have gone out and got someone more reliable to do that job.

Mark Sanchez, having seen two QBs arrive to put him into yet another battle at the position, may have been led to believe this is the real reason for Tebow's one-year contract but there are other theories that sound plausible too.

The idea of Tebow hanging on into the 2015 season to offer a threat as a two-point conversion quarterback, or doing the hard yards to protect Bradford once again, also sound reasonable.

What do you think Eagles fans? How can Philadelphia get the best out of Tim Tebow? Have your say in the comments section below...

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