According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are open to trading second year quarterback Matt Barkley.
Hearing from multiple sources that Eagles are open to trading Matt Barkley, & not just in that "open to trading anyone for right offer" way.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 30, 2014
This news doesn't come as a total shock given the fact the Eagles worked out veteran backup quarterback Thaddeus Lewis earlier this week.
Barkley, who was drafted by the Eagles with the first pick of the fourth round in the 2013 NFL Draft, is clearly the Eagles third string quarterback on the team's depth chart. Barkley is stuck behind both returning starting quarterback Nick Foles and veteran backup Mark Sanchez.
While I wouldn't necessarily say Barkley has had a bad summer, he could have been better. He finished with a preseason stat-line of 41/65 (63.1%) for 495 yards (7.6 average), 3 TD, 3 INT, and a 82.5 rating.
It remains to be seen what kind of value Barkley has on the trade market. Starting quarterbacks can be very valuable, but backups like Barkley aren't likely to fetch much. If the Eagles feel like Barkley doesn't have much of a future in Philadelphia, they may want to cut their losses and get something for him while they can.