The Eagles traded quarterback Matt Barkley to a Arizona Cardinals on Friday for a redeeming seventh-round collect in a understanding that clears a approach for Tim Tebow to make a 53-man roster.
The trade headlined a eve of cut-down day, when NFL rosters contingency be reduced from 75 to 53 players. The Eagles sensitive mixed players that they will be waived, according to sources and reports, and still have a few some-more moves to make by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The highest-profile pierce was trade Barkley. He contingency be on a Cardinals’ register for 6 games for a Eagles to accept a breeze pick. The trade authorised a Cardinals to acquire Barkley before he strike a waiver wire, that would have been a box if a Eagles cut him.
Unless a Eagles keep dual quarterbacks or acquire one elsewhere, afterwards Tebow will be in an Eagles uniform this season.
Tebow, who had been out of football for a final dual seasons, is a versatile quarterback who softened as training stay progressed. He saved his best opening for Thursday’s preseason finale, when he finished 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards and dual touchdowns and one interception. Tebow is approaching to be a Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
The trade ends Barkley’s dual seasons and 3 summers with a Eagles. Barkley went 27 of 52 for 351 yards with dual interceptions in a preseason. He was 30 of 50 for 300 yards with 4 interceptions in 5 unchanging deteriorate games for a Eagles.
It was deliberate a bonus when a Eagles changed adult in a fourth turn of a 2013 breeze to acquire Barkley, a touted quarterback entrance out of USC. He hoped to contest for a starting pursuit during his rookie season, though Barkley did not seem pointy while recuperating from a shoulder damage and was third fibre behind Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
Sanchez became a No. 2 quarterback final season, gripping Barkley as a third-stringer. He faced his stiffest foe for a register mark this summer, when Tebow outplayed Barkley in Thursday’s diversion opposite a Jets to take an corner in a competition.
Barkley can start anew in Arizona, where he will expected play third-string to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.
The Eagles were bustling elsewhere on Friday. They did not make any other central transactions, though they sensitive players of tentative moves.
The group motionless to relinquish using behind Raheem Mostert; far-reaching receivers Rasheed Bailey, Quron Pratt; parsimonious finish Andrew Gleichert and Eric Tomlinson; descent linemen John Moffitt, Malcolm Bunche, Brett Boyko, and Julian Vandervelde; defensive linemen Brian Mihalik and Travis Raciti; linebacker Deontae Skinner; defensive backs Randall Evans and Chris Prosinski; and punter Kip Smith, according to mixed sources and mixed reports.
The preference to recover Prosinski was important since he was a tip special teams performer for a Eagles final deteriorate after they sealed him in November. His depart could meant that Ed Reynolds and/or Jerome Couplin acquire a mark as a haven safety.
On a descent line, Josh Andrews is a actor to watch after a group changed on from Moffitt, Vandervelde, Bunche, and Boyko. Andrews is in a line to make a register if a Eagles keep 9 linemen.
Moffitt had a possibility to acquire a starting pursuit this summer, though he showed decay returning from scarcely dual years divided from football and struggled in a preseason. Bunche, a Newark, Del., native, is a earnest immature lineman who could finish adult on a team’s use squad.
Mostert led a Eagles in rushing yards and receiving yards during a preseason, though a Eagles are too low during using behind to keep a undrafted rookie. Bailey (Roxborough) and Pratt (Palmyra) were both internal prospects who could not mangle by a low receiving corps.
The Eagles need to make moves with 6 some-more players to strech a 53-man limit. They could go adult until a 4 p.m. deadline while perplexing to trade players, like they did with Barkley. Linebacker Najee Goode and using behind Kenjon Barner are both on a trade block, according to joining sources.
Inquirer staff author Jeff McLane contributed to this article.