Jacoby Brissett and Tyrod Taylor were two free agent quarterbacks with notable connections to the Philadelphia Eagles. As it turns out, the Birds will be signing neither of them.
Brissett reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Taylor, meanwhile, is heading to the Houston Texans on a one-year deal.
This is good news because it (hopefully) decreases the Eagles’ chances of wasting resources on a veteran backup to have behind Jalen Hurts. Philly should instead focus on finding the cheapest option available to them.
We previously wrote about a logical target in this regard: Geno Smith.
If the Eagles want to add an inexpensive veteran who “knows the system,” then Smith makes sense. The 30-year-old has multiple connections to Philly. Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was his quarterbacks coach in 2018. Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo was his position coach on the New York Jets in 2015 and 2016. Philly also did their homework on Smith (Lurie attended his private workout with the Eagles) once upon a time leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. Smith surely isn’t any good (12-19 starting record, 72.9 career passer rating) but that’s OK, he’ll come cheap. Smith was on the vet minimum as Russell Wilson’s backup in Seattle last year.
Go get Geno.