ORLANDO – Count the St. Louis Rams as interested in former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez following the fifth-year veteran's Friday release by the Jets.
"I'd say that there is interest. I can't say how much. But there certainly would be interest,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher told USA TODAY Sports Sunday at the league's owners meetings. "I don't have a backup with experience on the roster right now.''
What the Rams have right now is starter Sam Bradford, who is five months removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last October. The backup at present is inexperienced second-year pro Austin Davis.
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There is also Sanchez's connection to Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who served in the same capacity with the Jets from 2009 to 2011 with Sanchez.
Sanchez went 33-29 in four seasons as the Jets starter, including four road playoff wins, leading the Jets to back to back AFC Championship games after he was drafted fifth overall out of the University of Southern California in 2009.
Sanchez has thrown 68 career touchdown passes, 69 interceptions with a 55.1 completion percentage and a 71.7 passer rating.
He suffered a season-ending throwing shoulder injury last preseason that required surgery.
The decision to cut Sanchez was forced because he was due a $2 million roster bonus if he had remained on the team as of Monday.
When the Jets signed Philadelphia Eagles backup Michael Vick to a one-year, $5-million deal to compete with and push Geno Smith, Sanchez, 27, was released.
"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.''
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