The Philadelphia Eagles signed a quarterback. No, it's not Sam Bradford. According to a report from Adam Caplan, 27-year-old passer McLeod Bethel-Thompson (first name pronounced muh-CLOWD) is expected to join Philadelphia's roster pending a physical. Bethel-Thompson will henceforth be referenced to as "MBT."
MBT measures in at 6-4, 230 pounds. He attended Sacramento State in California before going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. MBT has bounced around the NFL since entering the league. He's even made some stops in the United Football League and the Arena Football League. Here's a look at all the teams he's been on:
San Jose SaberCats (2011)
San Francisco 49ers (2011)
Sacramento Mountain Lions (2011)
Miami Dolphins (2011)
Minnesota Vikings (2012–2013)
San Francisco 49ers (2013)
New England Patriots (2014)
Minnesota Vikings (2014)
Miami Dolphins (2014)
Los Angeles Kiss (2015)
San Francisco 49ers (2015)
MBT most recently spent time on the 49ers' practice squad last season. He completed 21 of 34 attempts (61.8%) for 244 yards, zero touchdowns, four interceptions, and a 43.9 rating for the Dolphins during the 2015 preseason. Not great!
What does this signing mean for the Eagles quarterback position? Not much. MBT have never attempted a pass in a regular season NFL game. The team is likely just bringing him in to be a camp arm and/or to compete for a third string quarterback spot.
Bradford and veteran backup Thad Lewis are both scheduled to be free agents when the new league year begins. Mark Sanchez has a high cap number and might be traded or cut. It can't hurt for the Eagles to add an extra arm for offseason practices. Welcome aboard, MBT.