Mark Sanchez said he understands the situation with the Eagles, that Nick Foles is the starting quarterback and that his role will most likely be as his backup.

But Sanchez said he's going to compete for the starting job anyway after signing a one-year deal with the Eagles on Friday worth as much as $4 million. The Jets released Sanchez last weekend, and the Eagles were looking for a replacement after Michael Vick signed with the Jets.

"I'm confident in my skills," Sanchez said. "I'm going to compete to be the best possible player that I can be, and that's going to help Nick, that's going to help me, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne."

When asked if he wants to start, Sanchez replied: "I'm always going to want to start. Matt Barkley wants to start. I think G.J. Kinne wants to start. … It doesn't matter where you are. All those guys want to play. There's nothing wrong with having that drive. I'll keep that fire going and try to help the team as best I can."

Sanchez said "a handful" of teams contacted him once he became a free agent Monday, and some might have offered the chance to start. But he said he chose the Eagles because of head coach Chip Kelly, whom he called "on the cutting edge of the NFL."

"I think it's the best fit," Sanchez said. "I think offensively, it's the best fit. … We talked about the offensive firepower. This is one of the most explosive teams you see around the league. Just to get a shot to play and compete at this level is going to be fun for me."

Sanchez had an inconsistent career with the Jets ever since they traded up to take him fifth overall in the 2009 NFL draft. Sanchez became a starter right away and led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons. Even then, his completion percentage never topped 56.4 percent, and he's thrown more interceptions (69) than touchdowns (68).

That didn't worry Kelly, who coached against Sanchez while Kelly was at the University of Oregon and Sanchez was at Southern Cal.

"We consider it a key position in this game, so having the chance to add Mark to that group was a no-brainer for us," Kelly said in a statement. "Mark has started 68 games in his career and has taken his teams deep into the playoffs multiple times, so we really like what he brings to the table from an experience standpoint. … I have always had respect for his game and athletic ability."

The Jets made it clear they were ready to move on when they drafted Geno Smith in the second round last April and made them compete for the starting job. Sanchez then injured his shoulder during the preseason and didn't play at all in 2013. He had surgery on his labrum but said Friday he'll "be fine" for the start of organized team activities beginning after the draft in May and that the doctors were "pleasantly surprised."

Sanchez, however, wouldn't speak badly about his time in New York.