Philadelphia Eagles Trade Rumors: Matt Barkley Option After Sam Bradford Not Traded? Tim Tebow Competes In OTA Workouts

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May 18, 2015 10:07 AM EDT
Matt Barkley #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Barkley #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes a snap as Jordan Matthews moves in motion during a preseason game with the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. "

The Philadelphia Eagles may look at a Matt Barkley trade at some point this offseason after Sam Bradford was not traded during the NFL draft and this comes as Tim Tebow will compete with Barkley in OTA workouts and training camp for the third string job and he may win it, while rookie Nelson Agholor comes in and should be a starter with Jordan Matthews for Chip Kelly.

The Eagles have been one of the most active teams in the NFL this offseason and while they did not make a major move at the draft, more trades could be coming. According to Pro Football Talk, Barkley is "definitely" on the trade block and the Eagles would take a late round pick for the quarterback. The reports said the team had interest from the Dolphins ahead of the draft and that the signing of Tebow could signal that Barkley is done in Philadelphia.

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia wrote earlier in the offseason that Barkley likely would be "fighting for a roster spot" this year and that was before the team even signed Tebow. Kelly brought in Tebow for a workout and later signed him to a contract and now it's likely that he will get a strong chance to stay on the roster. The Eagles brought back Mark Sanchez as the backup quarterback and with Tebow signed, Barkley could be the odd man out.

Kelly likes getting value out of every position on the roster and after Barkley only threw one pass last season even with Nick Foles missing half the year, it looks like he is not valued all that much. Tebow brings a unique set of skills to the unique offensive system that Kelly runs and that could give him the third string job heading into training camp. The Eagles reportedly wanted to go after Marcus Mariota this offseason, but Kelly said that a deal did not come close to happening.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, Barkley is "no lock" to be the number three quarterback this year and that his spot on the team is "not secure". The report says that the Dolphins snowed interest, but that the team ended up signing Josh Freeman instead. The Eagles could just released Barkley, but with Sam Bradford still rehabbing from knee surgery this offseason, Kelly may keep him around. If injuries happen or another team shows interest during the summer, the Eagles could look at making a trade again. Barkley threw one pass in 2014 and in 2013 he played in three games and had 49 pass attempts, throwing four interceptions and zero touchdowns.

The Eagles are excited about first round pick Nelson Agholor and Kelly said that he will have the chance to start alongside Jordan Matthews and Riley Cooper right out of the gate. Agholor is an athletic player with good hands and he is coming off of a strong season last year with USC. Agholor had 104 catches last season for 1313 yards and 12 touchdowns and he should be a big boost for Bradford. The team still is missing DeSean Jackson and now Agholor could be the key to getting some of that offensive firepower back. 

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