Eagles signed a backup QB they tried to commerce for Fletcher Cox (and extra) 8 years in the past


It did not take lengthy for the Eagles to discover a backup quarterback after Gardner Minshew left Thursday to signal a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Lower than 12 hours later, the Eagles reached an settlement with Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 choose within the 2015 draft. ESPN first reported the signing on Friday morning. Mariota signed a one-year deal price $5 million and doubtlessly price $8 million to function Jalen Hurts’ backup.

The Eagles additionally added a cornerback, reportedly agreeing to phrases with former Cleveland Brown Grasping Williams, a 2019 second-round select of LSU.

Williams performed in 11 video games final season, beginning one. He was a full-time starter as a rookie till he injured his hamstring after 12 video games. However Williams missed your entire 2020 season with a shoulder harm. He has since served as a backup, though he began eight video games in 2021.

For his profession, Williams has two interceptions, each coming final season. Williams, who’s 6-foot-2, is anticipated to supply depth on the surface behind Darius Slay and James Bradberry. Each lately signed with the Eagles.

Mariota, in the meantime, appeared preordained to turn into an Eagle in 2015. On the time, former coach and normal supervisor Chip Kelly, who that season gained an influence battle with Roseman, made no secret of his need to draft Mariota.

Mariota had performed for Kelly on the College of Oregon, and was thought of one of many prime two quarterbacks within the draft together with Jameis Winston, who went first to Tampa Bay.

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So the Eagles, taking No. 20, desperately tried to commerce with the Tennessee Titans, selecting No. 2, to draft Mariota.

They could not get out of the deal. There have been studies that Kelly will provide the Titans the Eagles’ 2015 first- and second-round picks, their 2016 first-round choose, any quarterback on their roster and any defensive participant on their roster.

It’s believed that the defensive participant was Fletcher Cox, who was coming into his fourth season. This season, Cox was chosen to the Professional Bowl for the primary of six consecutive seasons. The quarterback may very well be both Sam Bradford, who the Eagles traded simply six weeks earlier than the draft, or Mark Sanchez.

Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks Marcus Mariota (1) and Desmond Ridder (4) prepare before a preseason game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks Marcus Mariota (1) and Desmond Ridder (4) put together earlier than a preseason sport towards the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

The Eagles ended up drafting vast receiver Nelson Agholor within the first spherical and defensive finish Eric Rowe within the second spherical. Each are nonetheless within the NFL, however on completely different groups.

Because it turned out, Kelly was fired after the season and Roseman was reinstated as normal supervisor. The next season, the Eagles put collectively a giant package deal and traded as much as No. 2 to pick Carson Wentz as their quarterback.

As for Mariota, he began for the Titans beginning in Week 1 as a rookie, however he by no means turned the franchise quarterback. He spent his first 5 seasons in Tennessee, however an elbow harm early within the 2019 season triggered him to overlook a number of video games. When Mariota returned, he had misplaced his job to Ryan Tannehill, who led the Titans to a 7-3 end and a playoff berth.

The next season, Mariota signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, serving as a backup to Derek Carr. He began 10 video games instead of the injured Carr in 2021. He then went to the Atlanta Falcons final season as a starter after Atlanta chosen Desmond Ridder within the third spherical of the draft.

However Mariota was benched on the finish of the season after beginning 13 video games. He accomplished 61.3% of his passes with 15 TDs and 9 interceptions with a QB score of 88.2. Per week later, Mariota was positioned on injured reserve with a continual knee harm. Falcons coach Arthur Smith stated on the time that the harm had nothing to do with the bench.

For his profession, Mariota began 74 video games, going 34-40. He threw for 15,656 yards, finishing 62.6% of his passes with 92 TDs and 54 INTs.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Observe on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

This text initially appeared within the Delaware Information Journal: Eagles signal QB Marcus Mariota 8 years after virtually buying and selling for him


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