Eagles Could Trade Matt Barkley to Make Room for Tim Tebow?

UPDATE 4/19 3:40 p.m. PT: According to a report from Jay Glazer of FOX, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to sign former Florida Gator and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. This would give the Eagles perhaps the three best college quarterbacks from 2008 in Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford, and in turn make former USC quarterback Matt Barkley disposable.

ORIGINAL STORY: Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles continue to make waves this offseason, and they could start a full-on social media tidal wave if they can do what’s rumored to be going down next. According to a report, Philly is interested in acquiring SEC Network talking head Tim Tebow, which would force the team to trade former USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC’s Washington D.C. affiliate tweeted out a sourced report this afternoon.

In addition to Barkley, the Eagles have fellow Trojan Mark Sanchez, who they re-signed last week, and 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford, whom they just traded Nick Foles for.

Tebow would bring Kelly a system-based dual-threat option, perhaps if they’re unable to finagle their way to drafting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

And of course that’s all bad news for Barkley’s roots in Philadelphia, as he is a staunch pocket passer reserved to third string duties. And well…Tebow is not thought of as a very good NFL quarterback.

Though it’s fair to say that some new scenery in a system that fits Barkley’s game could be what he needs to see if he can piece together a successful career.

In four seasons at USC, Barkley set a host of records, becoming the school’s most prolific passer and leader in total career offensive yardage.


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