The 49ers have signed QB Matt Barkley. He saw his most extensive action as a pro with the Bears this past year, appearing in 7 games and making 6 starts. Barkley turned in a trio of 300-yard games and totaled 8 TDs. But he also tossed a whopping 14 INTs. He now sports the worst career INT rate (6.77%) among 71 active QBs who have attempted 250+ passes. Barkley joins Brian Hoyer in San Francisco to form 1 of the least inspiring QB rooms in the league. The 'Niners still figure to add a QB at some point during this spring's draft.
The Eagles have traded QB Matt Barkley to the Cardinals in exchange for a conditional 7th-round pick. The former USC star had a shaky preseason, completing just 51.9% of his passes with 0 TDs and 2 INTs. He was outplayed by QB Tim Tebow, who now looks like a good bet to stick on the Eagles roster. Barkley, meanwhile, will battle with Drew Stanton for backup duties behind starter Carson Palmer.
Eagles insiders Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus both tab Matt Barkley as the favorite to be the team's backup QB in 2014. Impending free agent Michael Vick is expected to pursue a starting job elsewhere, leaving last year's 4th-round pick behind Nick Foles on the depth chart. Barkley completed 61% of his passes with 0 TDs and 4 INTs in 3 rookie-year appearances. The Eagles are hoping another offseason in HC Chip Kelly's offense brings improvement. Barkley will at least be worth keeping on your fantasy radar in 2014. He'll be just 1 injury away from taking over an offense that ranked 4th in scoring and 9th in passing this past season.
Insider Len Pasquarelli believes QB Matt Barkley could be a "key piece" in the Eagles' long-term plans. Barkley was "fairly impressive" in offseason workouts, according to Pasquarelli. He adds that Barkley isn't a realistic threat to win the starting job out of training camp, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him under center in 2014. Michael Vick is playing on a 1-year deal, and Nick Foles doesn't have a significant talent edge over Barkley. While we're not big fans of the USC product's game, he's worth stashing in dynasty leagues because of his relatively easy path to playing time in a potentially high-scoring offense.
The Eagles traded up a few spots on Friday to make QB Matt Barkley the 1st pick of the 4th round. It ends an unbelievable fall for a guy who was considered a potential #1 overall pick a year ago. There are definite concerns about Barkley's arm strength, but he's an accurate passer with top-notch intangibles. He was reportedly a top-50 player on Philly's board. A pure pocket passer, Barkley is a questionable fit in HC Chip Kelly's offense. But Kelly evidently thinks he can make it work. Of course, Michael Vick should be considered the heavy favorite to open the season as the Eagles' starter. He's signed for just 1 season, though. We could see Barkley and Nick Foles battling it out for the starting job in 2014. Barkley is certainly worth stashing in dynasty leagues.