Philadelphia Eagles Agree to Four-Year Deal With Matt Barkley

By Dan Parzych
Matt Barkley
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There are plenty of interesting quarterback battles to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks as training camp is with the Philadelphia Eagles. At the moment, all signs point to Michael Vick entering the regular season as a starter with Nick Foles as his backup, but there’s another quarterback who seems willing to do whatever it takes to give these two players a run for their money–Matt Barkley.

The former USC star agreed to a four-year deal with Philadelphia on Thursday as the team hopes Barkley could eventually turn into a possible quarterback to build the franchise around down the road. Barkley made the decision to return to the Trojans for his senior season and there’s a good chance he would have been a top-10 selection if he had entered the 2012 NFL Draft, but his stock slipped after USC struggled this past season.

Still, there’s a reason why Barkley was once considered a top-10 pick and even though it’s still too early to tell–there’s a good chance this could turn into one of the biggest steals from this year’s draft class. The fact that Philadelphia landed a once top-10 pick in the fourth round was a huge steal for a team with plenty of questions surrounding the quarterback position once they move on from Vick and Barkley has been considered a possible franchise quarterback since the day he suited up as a freshman at USC.

What’s even better is the Eagles were able to land Barkley at a cheap price since he was selected in the fourth round–so it will certainly be interesting to see what he brings to the table from a competitive perspective during his rookie season in Philadelphia.

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