Veteran free agents to eye, ignore for Eagles possible backup QB vacancy

Gardner Minshew #10, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Will the Philadelphia Eagles move Minshew this offseason?

The Eagles can’t and won’t move Minshew for less than their perceived value. He far exceeded sixth-round expectations and made something out of nothing in his rookie season in Jacksonville.

His sophomore season was nothing to scoff at either as he did his best to keep a bad Jaguars team in games. This year, he had a great outing versus the New York Jets to secure a win. Then, he did what he could in the Week 18 finale against Dallas’ defensive starters despite being surrounded by the Eagles’ third team and practice squad.

Minshew is one of the best backups in the league and costs the team next to nothing. There aren’t many options as far as viable replacements either. Just look at this list if you need evidence. Everyone is either too expensive or, arguably, a worse talent.

With that being said, if the Eagles get the deal they want, the lack of potential replacements shouldn’t steer them away from striking a deal.

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Minshew has some value, and it’s safe to assume that Philadelphia will make the deal if there’s an acceptable value. The questions are about whether they can find any. In weighing the options in the free-agent market versus what Minshew brings to the table, Philly won’t be quick to ship him off, nor should they be.