Chip Kelly to Have 5 Quarterbacks; Philadelphia Eagles Bring in G.J. Kinne

By Joe Doris
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The overwhelming majority of headline news that has surrounded the Philadelphia Eagles ever since the conclusion of their horrid 2012 campaign has been regarding the quarterback position.

At first, we were all waiting anxiously for QB Michael Vick to be cut loose, until the Eagles decided to keep him in Philly by restructuring his contract into a one-year deal worth up to $10 million.

Then just when we thought that the Eagles were set at the QB spot, the Birds decided to bring former University of Oregon stud Dennis Dixon aboard. Dixon was a Heisman-hopeful during his senior season at Oregon while current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly lead the Ducks’ spread system as offensive coordinator.

Well, believe it or not, the Eagles have reportedly agreed to terms with former University of Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne, who will be the fifth quarterback on the Eagles’ roster.

In case you have been living under a rock and need a quick Eagles’ QB recap, the Birds are currently housing Vick, Dixon, Nick Foles, Trent Edwards, and Kinne.

Kinne was picked up by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft, but was cut loose before the season began. Afterwards, Kinne signed on with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, and was most recently a member of the Arena Football League’s San Antonio Talons.

The order of the Eagles’ quarterback depth chart has yet to be officially determined, but I expect Vick to be the starter with Dixon as his primary backup, and Kinne the third-stringer. Foles will more than likely be traded at some point during the 2013 off-season, and Edwards will almost certainly be released.

If Vick is able to produce and stay healthy, he will lead the Eagles for the entire 2013 season. But if Vick is ultimately sidelined for any reason, the Eagles’ next lead signal-caller will be a huge question mark.


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