It’s been talked about at length this offseason about how the Eagles could use a viable backup quarterback to fill in for starter Michael Vick should Vick have to miss time this season.
The Eagles kicked the tires on new Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but it’s fairly certain that the Eagles weren’t ever serious about taking a quarterback in the first round last night.
With Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards currently backing up Vick, there can’t currently much confidence in the team’s quarterback depth at this point.
But the Eagles do have some options. As some reports have suggested, the Eagles could target Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins which would not only solve the Eagles’ depth issues, but also provide the team with a potential long-term solution at the position.
But now it appears there’s another name that would make a lot of sense for the Eagles–current Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
Reports suggest that the Browns are shopping the 25-year-old quarterback today after telling him that the team would not select a quarterback in the first round. Apparently, things changed as it appears likely that 22nd overall pick Brandon Weeden will be the team’s Week One starter.
The Packers have reportedly expressed interest in trading for McCoy to back up All-Pro Aaron Rodgers. Bill Huper of Packer Report points out that Green Bay possesses a sixth-round selection and four seventh-round picks to use in a trade.
You know whoelse also has some late picks that they may not need? Yeah, you do. Throw in the Heckert/Eagles connection and it has to be considered at least a possibility that Philadelphia would consider trading for McCoy. McCoy has proven he is a viable NFL quarterback over his first two seasons, and could provide the team that acquires him with a legitimate solution at the position.
The former University of Texas standout completed 57.2 percent of his passes last season, amassing 2,733 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games.
While those numbers aren’t exactly staggering, one must consider that McCoy played behind a mediocre offensive line and had the following weapons at his disposal: Greg Little, Josh Cribbs, Ben Watson, Evan Moore, and Mohamed Massaquoi were his top five receivers. In other words, McCoy played with an offense that bordered on the line between mediocre and garbage.
It would be interesting to see what McCoy could do with a set of legitimate playmakers. Maybe we’ll find out.