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Matt Barkley trade clears way for Eagles to keep Tim Tebow

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Tebow Time is nigh.

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After over a year of trade speculation, the Philadelphia Eagles finally got rid of Matt Barkley. The Eagles traded him to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick, with the condition being Barkley has to spend at least six games on Arizona's 53-man roster this season.

With Barkley gone, it now appears Tim Tebow will be Philadelphia's third string quarterback. How about that? After being out of the league for two years, Tebow clearly did enough to beat out Barkley. But did he do enough to earn a roster spot?

One would think so. While it's "possible" the Eagles keep two quarterbacks, it doesn't seem probable. Chip Kelly has always kept three quarterbacks on his 53-man rosters the past two seasons. And if that doesn't convince you, consider that Sam Bradford has an extensive injury (has anyone ever pointed this out before?). Mark Sanchez has also dealt with some injury issues (shoulder) in the past as well, though to much lesser extent than Bradford.

If Tebow makes the roster, the next question becomes: How will the Eagles use him? Will he be active on game day? Only time will tell. Until then, let's wait for official confirmation.