While many of the Green Gang have been ecstatic over the Barkley pick some have forgotten that now we have five quarterbacks heading into camp. This is generally the point of the year when teams take a look at their depth charts and decide where to go with players that are crowding a position. "Crowded" is an ideal term to describe what the Philly QB chart is. Granted G.J. Kinne is a training camp cut, we still have four quarterback; three of which have the potential to start week one. Some may say that keeping Foles, Vick, and Barkley together is the best option, but I would caution those people. I think our best option is to trade Foles immediately and move on with Barkley, Vick, and Dixon. And I'll tell you why....
As of right now Barkley is the only player that we know for sure will be wearing Eagle green next year. We just drafted him and he has the makings of a franchise quarterback in the future. The idea of cutting Barkley is preposterous, and trading him equally so. So count Barkley in for the foreseeable future.
Vick's job is not assured, but incredibly likely. Chip was the coach who talked him into taking less money to stay, so the two obviously have some rapport. Also, Vick is the QB version of a change-of-pace back on the roster. He's the only mobile QB on the roster which Chip might find intriguing. We know he's injury prone, we also know he turns the ball over under duress; but his experience and skill set probably make him the Day-1 starter.
Dennis Dixon is truly just a roster spot. His only value is to be the Clipboard guy, which should fit him due to his familiarity with the roster. Being as useless as he may appear, don't count out Dixon. While other guys are staying up late studying playbooks, Dennis Dixon is sleeping soundly and is ready to sling the ball. No promises, but don't underestimate the power of familiarity and comfort.
Finally, we reach Foles. I would be foolish to say that Foles talent should be judged based on last year( just as foolish as people who judge Barkley based on last year). He played on a bad team behind a bad offensive line. Something no rookie backup should be expected to do. I truly believe Nick Foles has the potential to be an above average to good starter in this league. That is the reason we have to trade him. A team with a dearth of QB's will look at Foles' tape and think the exact same thing I just expressed. " If he can be decent behind a terrible offensive line with small receivers, think what we could do with him after a year or two of building". Right now it's apparent teams with QB shortages are looking for potential impact players. Guys like Ryan Mallet are valued at a second round pick, which the Browns are rumored to be willing pay per Sports Illustrated. So why can't a guy with a big arm and starting experience be worth just as much if not more than a guy like Mallet.
Right now we don't know what the Eagles will do at quarterback. We have three guys who could possibly take snaps as the starter this year. I just think right now the best option is to trade Foles as long as the price is right, and move on relying on Vick and the promise of Barkley, and continue filling holes through the draft.