Eagles Trade Matt Barkley To Cardinals

What does this mean for Tim Tebow?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles traded Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. If Barkley is on the Cardinals’ roster for at least six games, the Eagles will receive the pick.

Jay Glazer first reported the news and Adam Schefter detailed the terms of the agreement. According to Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have tried to trade Barkley “for years.”

The Eagles selected Barkley in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, after trading up for the pick. When he was selected, Chip Kelly said the Eagles rated the quarterback as one of the top-50 players in the draft. They used the No. 98 overall pick on him.

Barkley was initially projected as a high first-round pick in the 2012 draft, with some labeling him as a top-five talent, before he decided to return to USC for his senior season. Before his final year, media identified him as the number one prospect in college football. However, his draft stock fell, in part because of his shoulder injury.

In his two seasons in Philadelphia, Barkley appeared in only four regular season games. He completed 30 of his 50 pass attempts for 300 yards. He also threw zero touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Dianna Marie Russini, who initially reported months ago that the Eagles declined a fifth-round draft pick for Barkley, elaborated on that today. According to Russini, the Miami Dolphins offered the fifth-round pick, but Philadelphia wanted a fourth-round pick so they declined.

Many projected Tim Tebow to make the 53-man roster over Barkley, and this only makes Tebow’s potential roster spot more likely. In the preseason, Tebow had three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), one interception and a 90.8 passer rating. Barkley, meanwhile, had zero touchdowns, two interceptions and a 57.5 passer rating.

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