The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly announced that second-year QB Matt Barkley is available by trade. Few teams elect to carry three quarterbacks on their roster, and with Nick Foles pegged as the starter and Mark Sanchez playing well, the Eagles no longer have a need for Barkley. While Barkley has not shown the potential he once did in college, he is still young and is likely a better fit in a different offense.
Given Barkley’s status as a young player with plenty of potential, the Eagles should receive plenty of calls about their young signal caller. The Buffalo Bills have expressed plenty of interest about acquiring a backup quarterback. However, following the signing of Kyle Orton, the team may no longer be interested in acquiring a player like Barkley.
The St. Louis Rams jump out as another clear candidate to land Barkley, given the season-ending injury to starter Sam Bradford.
Barkley played sparingly in his rookie season with the Eagles, recording 300 passing yards, four interceptions and zero touchdown passes in three games played. These statistics in combination with a dismal 44.6 quarterback rating and subpar 61.2 completion percentage are underwhelming, but should not deter teams from acquiring Barkley’s services.
At the very least, Barkley is a serviceable backup in the NFL. There are plenty of contending teams that are one injury away from becoming irrelevant due to a poor quarterback situation. Expect the Eagles to receive plenty of calls about Barkley, which will make determining his value the difficult part of completing a trade.