The Philadelphia Eagles have extended quarterback Trent Edwards through the 2013 season, which adds a year to his current deal.
The 28-year old veteran is currently the third quarterback on the team’s roster, quite an accomplishment for a player who entered training camp with virtually no chance to make the team.
After all, the Eagles had four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick as the starter, third-year player Mike Kafka as the backup, and rookie third round draft pick Nick Foles as head coach Andy Reid’s potential quarterback of the future.
But Kafka struggled, playing poorly against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first preseason game before a broken left hand sidelined him for the remainder of the preseason. Just a month earlier, he had seemingly been a lock to earn the backup quarterback spot for the Eagles.
Foles emerged as the biggest surprise of the preseason for the Eagles, ranking third among all quarterbacks in passer rating. He was named the backup quarterback heading into the season.
Edwards quietly put together what he called the best preseason of his career, completing 54 of 80 passes for 489 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The former third round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills was named the third quarterback heading into the season.
Edwards hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2010. Last year, he was with the Oakland Raiders in training camp but was cut and spent the season out of a job.
He posted a 14-18 record as a starter in Buffalo before he was released midway through the 2010 season. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him for the remainder of the year.
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.