The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with former Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards on a 1 year contract. When speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman confirmed the team’s interest in Edwards, and the team announced the signing just a few hours later.
This acquisition by the Eagles all but spells the end of former 2nd string quarterback Vince Young’s tenure in Philadelphia. Young, whose stint in an Eagles uniform was a tenuous one, starting with his “Dream Team” comment in the off season, played poorly in his opportunities in 2011. In 7 appearances last year, the Eagles backup quarterback threw 4 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while relieving Mike Vick.
Edwards is expected to compete with Mike Kafka, whom the Eagles drafted out of Northwestern in the 4th round of the 2010 draft. I think it’s safe to say as long as Edwards doesn’t guarantee an Eagles Super Bowl victory, he will be better received by the fan base than Vince Young. The former Bills quarterback was released by the Oakland Raiders last year without playing a game after spending the end of the 2010 season in Jacksonville. In his career, Edwards is 14-19 as a starter and is a 60.5% passer, while throwing 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. His numbers are somewhat skewed, however, due to the fact that he had little offensive weaponry surrounding him in Buffalo and Jacksonville.
The signing of Edwards should provide Philadelphia with a serviceable, veteran, mature quarterback to compete for the backup spot with the youngster Kafka. Even though the Eagles are reportedly very high on the 3rd year player out of Northwestern, the organization is aware that it needs a player with more game experience to play behind Vick, whose style of play leaves him prone to injury.