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NFL Trade: Cardinals Acquire QB Matt Barkley In Deal With Eagles

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The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia continues to be an ongoing saga of change. Kelly has no problem changing things up from week to week and on Friday the head coach of the Eagles made a move that was a bit surprising.

According to Gregg Rosenthal of, the Eagles have agreed to trade quarterback Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals:

The Philadelphia Eagles came up with a creative way to ease their quarterback logjam. The team traded Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, the team announced.

With veteran quarterback Carson Palmer always being an injury concern under center in Arizona, the Cardinals have brought in some insurance in a fellow USC alum. Barkley hasn’t been all that impressive in his short career on the NFL level, but may have a better chance to succeed or at least have an opportunity for a bright future in Arizona.

During the NFL offseason, the Eagles made the bold move of trading two of their best offensive weapons. The team parted ways with starting quarterback Nick Foles sending him to the St. Louis Rams and also shocked everyone by dealing star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills.

Clearly, Kelly is shaping the roster that he wants in Philadelphia and is free to make moves as he pleases. The Eagles brass seem to have no problem with the flurry of questionable moves made by the head coach as long as the team produces on the field during the upcoming season.

Now with Barkley in Arizona, the Eagles will have Bradford as the undisputed starter with Mark Sanchez as his main backup. Behind Sanchez will likely be Tim Tebow, unless the team deciding to cut him. The Barkley trade basically indicates Tebow has found a new home in Philadelphia and impressed Kelly with his play during the NFL preseason, but with the way this team makes moves, no one seems to be safe meaning the two-time BCS champion may still be on shaky ground.

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