According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded undrafted rookie free agent running back David Fluellen to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for rookie kicker Cody Parkey.
Strangely enough, this announcement comes after the Eagles released Fluellen earlier on Wednesday and after the Colts released Parkey on Tuesday night. It turns out that this trade was allowed to go through, however, because neither the release of Fluellen and Parkey was official until 4 PM EST on Wednesday. Each team's 'trash' turned out to be the others' 'treasure.'
It's not a surprise the Eagles and Colts were able to work out a deal. Current Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson is a former front office member of the Eagles and used to work under current Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.
It was reported on Tuesday that the Eagles have been keeping an eye on NFL teams with two kickers in training camp. Incumbent starter Alex Henery hasn't done much to inspire confidence coming off of a below average 2013 season. Rookie challenger Carey Spear, who was signed to push Henery this summer, has struggled and hasn't provided much legitimate competition.
The addition of Parkey gives the Eagles a full roster of 90 players. Three of those players, including Parkey, are kickers. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out.
Cody Parkey 2013 College Stats
Touchbacks: 69 (led college football)
Field goals: 15/21 (71.4%)
40-49 yards: 5/6 (83.3%)
50+ yards: 1/4 (25.0%)
Cody Parkey Scouting Report
Three-year starter in the SEC. Converted multiple game-winning field goals and has shown he can handle pressure. Efficient squib kicker. Works at his craft and takes the game seriously.
Average rise and hang-time on kickoffs -- lines the ball with limited lift. Long-range distance is shaky and struggles converting beyond 50. Non-factor in coverage.
Priority free agent
Three-by-two, soccer-style kicker with enough leg strength to warrant a chance in a camp, though he must prove he can more consistently handle kicking accurately from greater depths to earn a job.
Stampede Blue on Parkey (Indianapolis Colts blog)
Cody Parkey was always nothing more than a camp leg for the Colts. Basically, teams bring in kickers for camp so that their real kickers won't tire their leg out - especially Adam Vinatieri, the league's oldest player. Parkey was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn and made his first two career NFL field goals last week against the Giants. He had a very impressive camp and looked good, especially showing off his strong leg. Last week, he even recovered a fumble on a kickoff, something not many kickers can say. But all along, everyone knew Parkey was only around for camp and preseason. Being a kicker in the NFL is tough, as there are only 32 spots available, but hopefully Parkey will have shown teams needing a kicker enough to impress them and give him a shot.
More to come, stay tuned.