Philadelphia Eagles third-string Quarterback Matt Barkley looked like he had a bright future at the end of his junior year at the University of Southern California in 2011. He was fourth or fifth in the Heisman voting and his NFL future looked bright. He was projected to go high in the first round the 2012 NFL Draft. Instead returned to USC. At a press conference in December 2011 he said USC had some unfinished business to attend to and he was going to stick around. USC did have a great season in 2011. There was a lot of talk of USC being a contender for the National Championship in 2012. On paper it looked like the stage was set for a shot at the title. Then they actually played the games. They went seven and six. Lost the third game of the season to Stanford. Their Championship dreams died that day. So did Barkley’s future stock in the NFL. Should the Eagles part ways with him and try to pick up another quarterback in next year’s draft?
Here is my take…
In 2011 he went from a high first round prospect to a fourth round (98th overall) pick in 2012. He could have made millions had he come out of college in 2011. Instead, he is making just south of $500,000 this year. However, I think the Eagles should keep him. I believe he could be a good back-up quarterback in time. Plus he will be cheaper to keep than Philadelphia Eagles current back up quarterback Michael Vick. Barkley knows the system. He may not play it well but in time he could be useful.
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