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The Eagles will go into 2014 with Nick Foles firmly entrenched as the quarterback, but what about behind him? Matt Barkley is still something of an unknown quantity despite appearing in three games last season (30/49, 300 YDS, 0 TD, 4 INT).
Ideally, Michael Vick would return to Philadelphia in a backup role, but the four-time Pro Bowler is still intent on starting in the NFL at age 34. Even as a No. 2, the Eagles may be unwilling to meet Vick’s financial demands.
As always, there are numerous veteran backups available should they choose to go that route, although this year’s class offers little in the way of dependability.
Seattle’s Tarvaris Jackson might be the best fit. Jackson runs well for a quarterback, which would open up the read-option if he were pressed into action. At age 31, he’s old enough to have run out of opportunities to start, but not so old that he has nothing left. Finally, Jackson comes relatively cheap, earning less than a million dollars last season to act as Russell Wilson's insurance.
Of course, who knows whether Jackson would leave Seattle. Seems like a cushy job.
If he’s coming in for the minimum and strictly as a reclamation project, it might be worth taking a chance on Josh Freeman. The Eagles could salvage the former first-round pick’s career and sell him off a year later.
Kellen Clemens was functional as the St. Louis Rams quarterback this season after Sam Bradford went down. Although he never played under Chip Kelly, Clemens does have Oregon ties.
Looking over the list of free agents, one could easily become comfortable with the thought of Barkley taking over should anything happen to Foles.