The Philadelphia Eagles figure they’re set at QB with Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez at 1 and 2, so Matt Barkley now represents a surplus at the position.
What to do with that extra QB? Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com has an idea:
Hearing from multiple sources that Eagles are open to trading Matt Barkley, & not just in that “open to trading anyone for right offer” way.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 30, 2014
The 23-year-old Barkley, a 2013 fourth round pick by Philadelphia, became highly expendable after Mark Sanchez’s strong preseason performance.
Barkley should be used to being the odd man out in Philadelphia after finding himself behind Foles and Michael Vick last year. Foles would go on to claim the starting QB job for good after a brilliant season in Chip Kelly’s offense.
Barkley must have thought he had a decent shot to land the backup job in Philly with Michael Vick leaving town but then Mark Sanchez rolled in. Many were skeptical of Sanchez but the doubts have evaporated after the way the former Jets QB performed in preseason.
The Eagles clearly don’t want to keep three QBs on their roster so it makes sense for them to gauge interest in Barkley with an eye toward getting a draft pick in return. Maybe a team like the Rams would be willing to cough up a seventh rounder.
If the Eagles can’t trade Barkley, I imagine they will just hold onto him. Cutting a fourth round QB in his second year seems unlikely even with Sanchez playing well.