According to Jay Glazer and other sources, the Arizona Cardinals have acquired Matt Barkley from the Philadelphia Eagles.
This move came straight out of left field! The Arizona Cardinals traded a conditional late pick for former fourth round pick Matt Barkley of the Philadelphia Eagles. Everyone expected Logan Thomas or Phillip Sims to be the third quarterback for the team, but it seems Steve Keim and Bruce Arians had other ideas.
Matt Barkley was once projected to go number 1 overall after his junior season at USC. However, he chose to return for his senior season and things did not go as planned. The USC Trojans had served their penalty and were favored to win the BCS National Championship. Subsequently as a result, Barkley’s stock fell and was picked in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Barkley was in a preseason battle for the third quarterback job with Tim Tebow. With Barkley’s trade to the Arizona Cardinals it seems that Tebow has made the Eagles roster.
This brings up the question regarding Phillip Sims, and Logan Thomas. Phillip Sims recently tweeted that he was released by the team:
With the trade for Barkley it most likely means that Logan Thomas is on his way out too, and makes it seem that Thomas was never really the guy. This outlet suggests that the Atlanta Falcons may be an option for acquiring Thomas’ services..
Some fans are comparing this trade to the Kevin Kolb trade a few years ago. This is not the case.First of all no valuable assets were given up, only a conditional seventh round pick. Second of all, the Arizona Cardinals aren’t expected Matt Barkley to come in right away and start. Barkley will most likely spend this season as the third quarterback, and may possibly take over for Drew Stanton as the back up next season.
Ultimately, I think this is a good move for the team, but time has yet to tell. With Bruce Arians’ guidance, Matt Barkley may become the player everyone thought he would be if he left USC after his junior year.
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