Eagles Nearly Reunited With Former QB in Free Agency

The Philadelphia Eagles are trying to find an established veteran quarterback behind Jalen Hurts but have failed so far.
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As NFL free agency is in full swing and the Philadelphia Eagles are busy reshaping the roster, there is one crucial area they haven't addressed yet: the backup quarterback. Following the departure of Marcus Mariota to the Washington Commanders, the Eagles have a big void behind Jalen Hurts. Second-year signal-caller Tanner McKee is on the roster but he has no regular-season snaps so far in his career.

With this in mind, the Eagles were reportedly scouring the free-agent market to find a suitable backup. According to AP Senior NFL Writer Rob Maaddi, the Birds made an offer to veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, but the 39-year-old chose the Indianapolis Colts instead.

Eagles Nearly Reunited With Joe Flacco in Free Agency

This attempt makes plenty of sense. Flacco did an admirable job with the Cleveland Browns after taking over the quarterback duties late in the season and dragging them to the playoffs. This not only won him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, but also made him one of the most sought-after backup quarterbacks on the market.

Flacco has previously spent time with the Eagles as he was signed to back up Jalen Hurts for the 2021 season. He was traded to the New York Jets before he could appear in a game for Philly but the experienced veteran always made sense behind a quarterback like Hurts who is prone to taking punishment in games.

With other options like Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett, and Gardner Minshew also off the market, it will be interesting to see who the Eagles will be able to bring in as Hurts' backup. Perhaps a potential trade for someone like Justin Fields shouldn't be completely ruled out.

Regardless of how the rest of free agency shapes up for the Eagles, they will continue to be one of the favorites to win the NFC. Currently, they have the fourth-best odds (+750) to make it back to the Super Bowl. Head over to FanDuel to claim your sign-up bonus of $150 after you make a winning wager and back the Birds.

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