Eagles sign Trent Edwards to back-up injury prone Vick

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed a one year deal with quarterback Trent Edwards who will be competing for the second string position behind Michael Vick.

The move appears to be an indication that quarterback Vince Young, who was on a one year contract, will be leaving the franchise for a chance to start somewhere else.  That means that Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards will battle for the right to back up Vick.

The second string quarterback position in Philadelphia is more important than most NFL squads because of Vick’s shaky durability.  Vick has played a full 16 game season just once in his nine year career.  If that statistic continues then the keys to the Eagles offense will be handed to either Kafka or Edwards.

Edwards was a third round selection for the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 NFL draft according to The USA Today.  He logged 33 NFL starts and posted a record of 14 wins to 19 losses.  In those starts Edwards threw 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions for a 75.4 percent passer rating.

CBS Sports reported that Edwards started two games for the Bills in 2010 before being replaced in favor of current Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Edwards was subsequently cut and wound up playing three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars before being released again. Edwards was then picked up shortly by the Oakland Raiders, but dropped before the 2011 season.

He spent the last year out of football. The NFL free agency doesn’t kick off until March 13, but since Edwards wasn’t on an NFL team roster he was eligible to be signed by any team.

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