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Eagles have one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL, but the future could be bright

The Eagles have hope.

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If you had to rank the quarterback situations of all 32 NFL teams, where would the Philadelphia Eagles be listed? Luckily for you, Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld has answered this question in his annual rankings. Spoiler alert: the Eagles actually rank one spot higher than they did last year, but they're still near the bottom of the list. Only the Jets, Browns, 49ers, Texans, Broncos, and Bills are ranked lower than Philadelphia.

26. Sam Bradford can’t even get overpaid in a normal fashion. Already one of the most marked up players in NFL history, Bradford somehow got $26 million more guaranteed on March 1. That should have been the end of the story. 2016’s Peak Bradford before so much as a pass was thrown. But one of the laws of Peak Bradford is that there is no such thing as Peak Bradford. Things can always get more Bradford. So eight days later, the Eagles made Chase Daniel one of the league’s highest-paid backups. But not even that was Peak Bradford. Not quite done building up Bradford’s world before burning it all down again, the Eagles surrendered an enormous amount of draft capital to move up to No. 2 overall and select Carson Wentz. Now the Eagles have three quarterbacks, and contrary to the old cliché, it does not mean they have zero quarterbacks. They have three ready to play this instant, with the only certainty being the job should be Wentz’s by 2017. The future is probably bright, but it has to get past a dim present first.

Everyone knows the deal with the Eagles' quarterback situation at this point. The team is seemingly committed to Bradford as the starter for 2016. The job is his until he either gets hurt (which isn't unlikely) or he struggles and the team benches him. Though one might think the Eagles are eager to play Wentz, everything coming from the organization indicates he's likely to sit behind Bradford and Daniel this season. That could always change if Wentz lights it up in training camp and preseason this summer. But even if he takes the job, he's still a rookie not too long removed from playing against FCS competition. Therefore, it's not hard to see why the Eagles' quarterback situation ranks so low right now.

But who cares about the present when the future looks more bright? Barring an unexpected development, Wentz is on pace to be the Eagles' starter in 2017. Wentz is hardly a lock to succeed in the NFL but there are reasons to be excited. He's very talented and he's been called a "genius" by some NFL scouts.

The Eagles will hope Wentz's ascension to being a top quarterback in the NFL coincidences with the decline of other passers in the league, including ones in the division. Eli Manning will turn 36 after this year while Tony Romo will be 37. Kirk Cousins, who will be 29 going into next season, is only signed to a one-year franchise tender for now. Speaking of the NFC East, here's how their situations rank.


"9. Welcome to the Odell Beckham anti-aging institute. In the two years and 32 games before Beckham’s arrival, Manning completed just 58.7 percent of his passes while tossing only two more touchdowns (44) than interceptions (42). He averaged a modest 7.1 yards every time the ball left his hand. In the two years since, Manning has drank from the Beckham fountain of youth, turning in the best 32-game stretch of his career. Manning’s completion percentage has spiked to 62.8 percent, with his 65 touchdowns more than doubling his 28 picks. It turns out all Manning needed to prove he wasn’t done was the most explosive receiver in football. Manning is old (35), but the most durable signal caller since Brett Favre, and headed into his third season in Ben McAdoo’s passer-friendly offense. If Manning can match his 2014-15, he’ll be a top-10 quarterback in his 13th year in the league."


"19. Sometimes the crazed fans are right. The cult of Kirk Cousins existed long before he proved he was actually good, but its validation was one of the most surprising storylines of 2015. Named the starter late in camp, Cousins went on to lead the league in completion percentage (69.8). In his first full year under center, Cousins finished 10th in yards (4,166), eighth in YPA (7.67) and 12th in touchdowns (29). He posted a quarterback rating north of 100.0 in each of the Redskins’ final six games as they sprinted toward a division title. You can debate how good Cousins actually was, but you cannot debate that he was good. A tailor-made fit for Jay Gruden’s spread out, pass-happy attack, Cousins has the accuracy and the instincts to nail down Washington’s quarterback position for at least the next 3-4 years."


"23. Tony Romo had a career year in 2014, but is now part of the "when healthy" brigade. Romo remains one of the league’s best quarterbacks … when healthy. He makes the Cowboys a Super Bowl contender … when healthy. For being 36 years old, he is shockingly spry and agile … when healthy. The second career break of Romo’s collarbone cost him seven games last season. The third sidelined him for the final five. The recurring clavicle issues led to an offseason surgery, Romo’s third in four years. That doesn’t include the "minor" back fracture that interrupted his MVP candidacy for one game in 2014. Romo has become one of the best players in Cowboys history, but he is only one injury away from being history. Owner Jerry Jones admitted as much when he lamented not trading up for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. With no talent to speak of behind Romo on the depth chart, the Cowboys have the most extreme risk/reward quarterback situation in football."

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