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Eagles almost traded Matt Barkley to the Dolphins, but Miami chose Josh Freeman instead

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One interesting tidbit that emerged during the Tim Tebow news on Sunday evening was the fact the Eagles tried to trade Matt Barkley. This news hardly came as a surprise; it's not a secret the team has made the backup quarterback available.

According to Dianna Marie Russini, who originally reported the Eagles were trying to trade Barkley before signing Tebow, one of the teams (or the only team?) supposedly interested in Barkley was the Miami Dolphins:

"Dolphins Mike Tannenbaum chose Josh Freeman over Matt Barkley. That was the delay in the Tebow signing."

It still seems weird that the Eagles were waiting to trade Barkley before signing Tebow. With the offseason roster limit set at 90, it's not as if the Eagles needed to clear space for Tebow. And now here they are, both players on the same team.

But back to the Dolphins. It actually makes some sense that Miami had interest. Former Eagles quarterback coach Bill Lazor is the Dolphins' offensive coordinator so perhaps Lazor wanted him. If that's the case, he didn't get his way. Instead, the Dolphins opted to sign Josh Freeman, who last played in the NFL in 2013.

So the Dolphins chose Freeman over Barkley and now the Eagles may be choosing Tebow over him as well. It's not looking great for the former USC quarterback.