Philadelphia Eagles Trade Rumors: Tim Tebow Backup For Mark Sanchez Means Matt Barkley Traded? Nelson Agholor Starter

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May 21, 2015 10:01 AM EDT
Mark Sanchez #3 and Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles
Mark Sanchez #3 and Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles react after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on November 10, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "

The Philadelphia Eagles may look at a Matt Barkley trade this offseason after signing Tim Tebow, as he likely will be the third string backup behind Mark Sanchez for Sam Bradford and that could lead Chip Kelly to make moves and this comes as Nelson Agholor will get the chance to start alongside Jordan Matthews after being a first round draft pick.

The Eagles have been one of the most active teams this offseason and after trading away Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, Matt Barkley could be the next to go. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, Barkley's hold on the third string job is "not secure" and it's likely that Kelly will give Tebow a long look in OTAs and training camp to take the job. The team signed Tebow after working him out this offseason and he likely gives the team more value as a third stringer.

The report from the Inquirer & Daily News says that Barkley was a Chip Kelly pick and not a Howie Roseman pick and that could cause Kelly to think twice before moving Barkley. Either way, Barkley has been a disappointment and last season he threw only one pass despite Foles missing half the season. Sanchez was signed back and with Tebow coming in, Kelly likely will want his versatility on the roster over a player who has only 50 career attempts in two years.

Tebow should get the chance to win the third string job and Barkley could be released if a trade does not happen. There was plenty of speculation about the Eagles trading Bradford after acquiring him from the Rams, but nothing came close to happening. Kelly reportedly wanted his old college QB in Marcus Mariota, but the Titans and Eagles did not get far about any trade talks. Bradford is still rehabbing and that could give Barkley one last chance to prove he belongs on the roster while working out in OTAs.

The Eagles offense now has Agholor across from Jordan Matthews and the rookie could push to get playing time over Riley Cooper. Cooper was a disappointment last season and Agholor comes in after making over 100 catches for USC last year. The offense should be even better with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews coming in and they should be able to make up for McCoy.

Murray had a wild season with over 1800 yards rushing for the Cowboys, but the running back position has been steadily decreasing in value and that is why they let him go. It wasn't that the Cowboys didn't think Murray as worth the money, but with Dez Bryant getting a new deal most likely and Tony Romo already on a huge contract, the team had to pinch in some areas and they let Murray walk to the Eagles.

The Eagles adding Mathews could be huge, as Murray had nearly 400 carries this past season and was a work horse and while that performance made him some money, it also raises questions about wear and tear down the line. Mathews and Darren Sproles can help limit that and that could help the Eagles keep Murray fresh.

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