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3 QBs that could replace Foles for Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 22, 2019 - 7:40 am

There is plenty of talk about the Eagles current backup quarterback and where he will end up in 2019. 

What isn’t discussed often — who is going to replace Nick Foles once he does leave?

If Foles does indeed go to another team, backup quarterback instantly becomes a crucial position of need for the Eagles. The last two seasons have proven that, and until starting quarterback Carson Wentz can stay healthy, the Eagles need to invest in making sure they have a quality backup. 

The Eagles believe they have a quality backup on the roster already in Nate Sudfeld. They might be right. Sudfeld has flashed plenty of potential both in the preseason and his limited regular season snaps. Entering his third season, however, Sudfeld lacks one crucial element the Eagles need in a backup — experience. Going to Sudfeld next season if Wentz were to go down could result in Sudfeld carrying the team like Foles did, but because of his lack of real experience in the NFL, he would be a major question mark. 

The issue? Outside of Foles, there are not going to be very many quality options among the experienced backup quarterback expected to hit the market. 

Here are some of the names at quarterback the Eagles will be selecting from: Matt Schaub, Ryan Griffin, Teddy Bridgewater, Tyrod Taylor, Josh McCown, Geno Smith, Joe Webb, Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and more. 

Not exactly an inspiring list. 

After taking a look at some of the expected free agent quarterbacks, here are three that might make sense for the Eagles to bring in as a veteran backup to learn the playbook and be ready if Wentz goes down and Sudfeld can’t get the job done:

Brock Osweiler: The name alone will likely make some fans turn away, but in 2018, Osweilier did a nice job doing exactly what the Eagles would need him to do if Wentz were to go down — step in and not completely shrink in the moment. Osweiler went 2-3 as a starter last season with six touchdown, four interceptions and a passer rating of 86.0. Considering he made just $880,000 last year, and likely isn’t in line for a raise, he would likely be able to be had on the cheap if the Eagles want him as their backup or third-stringer. 

Matt Cassel: If the Eagles are looking for a backup with experience, Cassel certainly checks that box. Although he appeared in just two games for the Lions last season, Cassel has 108 games with 81 starts on his resume in his 14-year career. Like Osweiler, Cassel wouldn’t break the bank to sign, as he made just $1,105,000 last season. 

Josh Johnson: Bringing in Johnson would have two benefits. First? The Eagles would be stealing him away from Washington, who might have interest in bringing him back after he played well for them down the stretch last season. Johnson wouldn’t pick the Eagles over a starting opportunity in Washington, but if Washington elects not to bring him back right away, the Eagles could get him under contract and have him as a third-stringer. The other benefit with Johnson is his mobility. It would be interesting to see how head coach Doug Pederson would use Johnson in his offense. Like Cassel and Osweiler, Johnson would likely cost right around $1 million to sign. 

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