There was a time when the Eagles were in the market for a veteran quarterback. And a former Super Bowl MVP was at the top of the list.

Joe Flacco grew up about 20 minutes outside Philadelphia so naturally the 35-year-old had been rumored to be in the mix to take over as Carson Wentz’s backup. Too late. Flacco is officially off the board after inking a one-year deal with the New York Jets. He’ll look to mentor Sam Darnold for $1.5 million in base salary.

The Eagles opted to select Jalen Hurts in the second round of April’s draft and he’ll compete against Nate Sudfeld for the No. 2 job in Philly. But how close were the Eagles to actually signing the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII? Well, they were reportedly very interested but Flacco’s injury history ultimately scared them away.

Both sides had off/on talks for weeks, but got the agreement done today. #Eagles had interest early in free agency, but backed off before the draft.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 22, 2020

According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Eagles were worried about his recovery from a severe neck injury that landed him on injured reserve in 2019. Flacco suffered a herniated disc in his neck last year in Week 8 and there were enough concerns about the injury to put the “kibosh” on him playing for his hometown team.

Neck must have checked out. @caplannfl mentioned on our livestream this week that the Eagles planned to sign Flacco but health concerns put the kibosh on that.

— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) May 22, 2020

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Veteran QB Options Remaining for Philadelphia

The Eagles appear content to enter the 2020 season with Hurts and Sudfeld battling for the No. 2 spot. Head coach Doug Pederson wants to unleash Hurts as a gadget-play specialist while developing him as a future starting quarterback. The rookie could end up being trade bait down the line.

There has been a small contingent of fans and analysts who think the Eagles still might sign a veteran to give them even more depth behind Wentz. That, and it doesn’t seem the organization has ever been sold on Sudfeld. Eagles GM …read more



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Eagles Put ‘Kibosh’ on Signing Former Super Bowl MVP

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