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Eagles, Edwards to Agree on Deal

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles are soon to agree on a one-year deal with former Buffalo Bills third-round draft pick Trent Edwards. Edwards has been out of the league for a year, after bouncing around between Buffalo and Jacksonville during the 2010-2011 season.

Edwards was an okay starter, but won't challenge Vick for the starting job (Getty/Shamus).

Edwards started for three seasons in Buffalo before being replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is still the starter for the Bills.

This move may not look very imposing or consequential on the surface, but it certainly has some deeper effects that should be taken into consideration.

First off, this move spells “D-O-O-M” for current backup Vince Young, following a controversial season in which he made the oft-ridiculed “Dream Team” statement and enough bonehead plays to irk the fan base.

Even with an impressive comeback victory versus the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants, one in which Young led the Eagles down the field for a game-winning touchdown, many people in the Eagles community feel that the 8 interceptions he threw in 3 games started was enough to overshadow any good performances he had. Against the underdog Seattle Seahawks, a team that was struggling against the pass, Young threw four interceptions and posted a horrendous 52.7 passer rating.

When you compare Edwards and Young, their career averages are somewhat similar (stats/photos via ESPN):

Stat Young Edwards
YDS/ATT 6.87  6.49
TD/INT  46/51  26/30
COM%  57.9  60.5
RATING  74.4  75.4

Even Young's victory over NY wasn't enough to overshadow his turnovers.

In fact, some might prefer Edwards’ consistency (higher completion percentages and passer rating) over Young’s athletic ability and flare for the dramatic. This supplanting means that Young will most likely be let go, freeing up $5 million cap space, and find work in a place other than the City of Brotherly Love.

The second major development associated with this signing is the fact that that Mike Kafka might not be Vick’s backup next season as expected, even given Young’s imminent departure.

Kafka, the Eagles’ fourth-round pick two drafts ago, has never been able to show that he can be a capable backup for the injury-prone Vick. In the Eagles’ first matchup with the Giants, starter Michael Vick was injured early in the fourth quarter; Vick had brought the Eagles roaring back from a 14-0 deficit to recapture the lead, 16-14, when he was knocked out with an injured hand.

Kafka's struggles with Philly leave him behind Edwards on the depth chart (RS).

Kafka was brought in to keep the lead, but the sophomore threw two inexplicable interceptions and allowed the Giants to have four possessions in the final 13 minutes; the Eagles ended up losing 29-16 due to Kafka’s mishaps.

However, Reid seems to still believe in the former Northwestern star. Unfortunately for Mike, the addition of the veteran Edwards means he will have to vie for the 2nd-string position during training camp, and it’ll be an uphill battle for sure. Let’s just hope it makes both of them better, because if history is anything to be noted, then backups will get a lot of playing time behind Michael Vick.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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2 Comments on “Eagles, Edwards to Agree on Deal”

  1. Robbie Klein
    February 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Like the stat comparison between Young and Edwards. I like Kafka for the second string. If (when) Vick goes down , we can finally see what Kafka offers. Maybe he has some skill. And by the way he was a 4th round pick, not second.

    • February 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      I agree that Kafka needs another chance, but I hope it isn’t with the Eagles because we can’t afford many more mishaps by our backup if (when) Vick goes out.

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