No matter how many times the Eagles say they are sticking behind incumbent Alex Henery, at a certain point they have to at least bring in some competition to actually push their much-maligned place kicker. After the Carey Spear aka ‘Murderleg’ experiment crashed and burned, it was imperative for the team to acquire an option that could either supplant Henery or at least bring forth a better performance from their current option. Wednesday afternoon, they did just that in the form of a trade with the Indianapolis Colts.
Eagles and Colts wheeling and dealing: Colts trade K Cody Parkey to Philly for RB David Fluellen, per Indy official.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 20, 2014
Both players involved in the exchange would have been waived by 4PM, per NFL procedure when it comes to waiver transactions. By completing the transaction prior to that time, neither team had to deal with competition for players whom they had their eyes on. The Eagles confirmed the trade shortly after Adam Schefter‘s initial report.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2014
Parkey, a rookie out of Auburn, led the nation in touchbacks in 2013 with 69. He finished 14 for 19 on field goals his senior year at Auburn, and was two for two with the Colts this preseason. One has to think this acquisition spells the end for Spear and could put some level of heat on Henery. It is unclear whether Parkey was acquired as a kickoff specialist or a legitimate option to try to beat Henery for the place kicking job. One thing is for certain, and that is that Chip Kelly and the Eagles are unhappy with the current performance at the position and feel a shakeup, at the very least, is in the best interest of the team moving forward.