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Eagles rumored to be interested in Titans' Jake Locker

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The former Washington quarterback could make sense for Philadelphia.

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Rumor has it that the Philadelphia Eagles could be interested in impending Tennessee Titans free agent quarterback Jake Locker. According to NJ.com:

"Oft-injured, first-round bust Jake Locker, who will be an unrestricted free agent next month, could have a potential suitor in the Eagles. At least, that is the informed-opinion of a long-time player agent, who has another quarterback about to be a free agent. According to the agent, who requested anonymity, there will be interest from the Eagles and head coach/personnel czar Chip Kelly in the 8th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft."

Why it makes sense

The Eagles' quarterback position is unsettled. Nick Foles will likely be the starter heading in the 2015 season, but the depth behind him is questionable. Mark Sanchez is scheduled to be a free agent and could sign with another team. Matt Barkley doesn't seem to have much of a future in Philadelphia considering the Eagles put him on the trade block late last summer.

The Eagles could bring in Locker to back up Foles. The former Washington Huskies quarterback could also serve as a reclamation project if Foles continues to struggle. Locker is only 26, like Foles. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly might be able to get the most out of him. Locker is also a good athlete.

The Eagles options at quarterback this offseason will likely be limited due to a weak NFL draft and free agent class. Locker could be worth a flyer.

Why it doesn't make sense

Kelly is known for acquiring players that performed well against him in college such as Zach Ertz, Matt Barkley, etc. Well, Locker's Huskies didn't so hot when they played the Ducks. Locker's numbers from those games (hat tip to Jimmy Kempski): 47/103 (45.6%), 626 yards, five touchdown, three interceptions. He also only managed to gain 119 yards on 36 carries for an average of 3.3. Perhaps Kelly doesn't have a high opinion of Locker. The former first round pick also has trouble staying healthy.

Likelihood: 6/10

The Eagles need a backup quarterback. The team would probably like to have Sanchez back, but he might want to go elsewhere. If that's the case, Locker could be one of the better options on the market. Kelly stresses the importance of having a good backup, and it's certainly worth noting Foles has never played a full season. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Eagles have some interest.