The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent quarterback Joe Callahan on Monday afternoon, according to an announcement from the team. The Callahan signing was first reported by Mike Garafolo last week but now it’s officially official.
Callahan, 24, is likely nothing more than a camp arm for the Eagles. Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and Nate Sudfeld all rank ahead of him on the depth chart.
So why sign Callahan if he doesn’t have a chance to make the team? It’s all about reps. Wentz isn’t expected to participate in spring practices as he recovers the knee injury he suffered last season. It also sounds like the team won’t risk playing him in the preseason, which, duh. Having Callahan around helps to lighten the load on Foles and Sudfeld this offseason.
Another bonus to signing Callahan is that the Eagles are giving a chance to a local kid. The Absecon, New Jersey native played for Division III Wesley College in Delaware.
At the very least, Callahan might make preseason football more watchable than it was with Matt McGloin last summer. That was brutal.
Callahan completed 61.5% of his passes (67 for 109) over the last two preseasons for three touchdowns, zero interceptions, 611 yards, and a 85.8 passer rating. He also rushed 12 times for 47 yards.