Since the end of the 2014 NFL Draft, there have been a lot of undrafted free agent signings around the league in the last 24 hours, however none might be a better fit than what the Philadelphia Eagles did on Sunday, inking former Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, not just to a normal free agent deal, but a 3-year UDFA agreement.
I’ve confirmed with the Martinez family that QB Taylor Martinez has signed a three-year free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 11, 2014
Martinez was a four-year starter for the Cornhuskers, bursting onto the scene back in 2010, Nebraska’s final one in the Big 12 where he led the team to the conference championship game, a loss to the Texas Longhorns.
But he definitely made his presence felt that year, tossing for over 1,600 yards and rushing for 965. His best year, statistically, came back in 2012 when, in leading the Huskers to the Big Ten Championship Game, Martinez finished with 2,871 yards passing and 1,019 rushing.
Even coming into the draft, everyone knew Martinez’s style of play at the QB position did not translate well at all to the next level, and when you couple that with the fact that the Eagles QB roster is stacked right now with starter Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley, the former four-year starter will not make the team as a quarterback, rather he’ll contribute at any sort of skill position that he can.
No matter where he’s slotted on the roster, it’s not at all shocking that Chip Kelly, of all the coaches in the NFL, would want to get his hands on the superb athlete. While defensive back is a possibility, as reported above, you can’t argue about what Martinez can do when he has the ball in his hands, especially in Kelly’s offensive scheme.
Case in point…