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Former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Mike Kafka Clears Waivers

The Philadelphia Eagles made the difficult decision to part ways with third-year quarterback Mike Kafka, choosing veteran Trent Edwards as their third quarterback instead.

According to reports from Tim McManus of Birds 24/7, Kafka generated interest from four teams: the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots. But he has not yet been signed by any of those teams.

Kafka is fully healed from a broken left hand that sidelined him for the last three preseason games. He could still be a solid backup quarterback if given the opportunity. He’s only thrown 16 passes in his career, however. But he’d scheduled to make the league’s minimum salary in both 2012 and 2013.

He has cleared waivers though, and is now an unrestricted free agent clear to sign with any NFL team.

It’s really a shame for Kafka. Any quarterback who can’t develop well under Andy Reid probably isn’t going to have a good career though. Reid turned Donovan McNabb into a six-time Pro Bowler, revived the career of Jeff Garcia and Michael Vick, and turned AJ Feeley into a serviceable starter while McNabb was injured in 2002. He even made Kevin Kolb the talk of the NFL during last year’s offseason, before swindling a second round pick and former Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie out of the Arizona Cardinals.

The more likely scenario for Kafka could be an injury to one of the current Eagles quarterbacks. If Vick, Foles, or Edwards suffers an injury, it would make sense for the Eagles to sign Kafka, who obviously knows the offense, as the third quarterback.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.