The Philadelphia Eagles are set to work out former Alliance of American Football quarterback Luis Perez next week, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Caplan. Former AAF players are eligible to sign with NFL teams now that the league is essentially over.
Perez, 24, measures in at 6-3, 222 pounds. In eight starts for the Birmingham Iron, Perez completed 52.3% of his attempts for 1,465 yards (5.6 yards per attempt), five touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 65.9 passer rating. He rushed 24 times for 75 yards.
Those numbers sure aren’t good but they can likely be attributed to a lack of experience. Perez didn’t play much high school football before walking on as at junior college (Southwestern College). Perez then transferred to Division II Texas A&M Commerce, where he completed 67.5% of his attempts for 8,325 yards (8.5 yards per attempt), 78 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
Perez went undrafted last year and spent the 2018 offseason with the Rams before being waived during final cuts. Los Angeles kept him on their practice squad for a few weeks before cutting him.
So, why are the Eagles interested in Perez? Well, they could be impressed with his traits and coachability.
Impressive @TheAAF debut by @PerezLuisQB for the Birmingham Iron on Sunday. Got a couple of texts during game from veteran NFL personnel people about him and his post-win @aafIron media session shows his maturity. https://t.co/93kHMdxG0u via @YouTube— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 11, 2019
Philadelphia could sign Perez to be this year’s version of Joe Callahan. The odds would obviously be against Perez making the team but he could be a developmental quarterback worth spending some time on.
Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld are currently the only two Eagles quarterbacks under contract. Maybe the Eagles will sign Perez to have him compete for a third quarterback spot (either on the 53-man roster or practice squad) behind those guys.