The Philadelphia Eagles were rumored for some time to be shopping quarterback Matt Barkley. After Tim Tebow performed well in Philly's preseason finale, the writing was on the wall -- Tebow time has returned to the league. The result? Barkley had to go.
That is where the Arizona Cardinals become involved. Suddenly or Friday there was a report from Jay Glazer that Arizona was working on a trade to acquire Barkley. Then came the report from Adam Schefter stating the deal was done and Arizona would send a conditional seventh round pick to Philly in exchange for the third year quarterback out of USC.
The terms are that Arizona will send a seventh rounder only if Barkley is on the roster for six weeks.
The trade means Logan Thomas is probably about to be cut. Thomas closed the preseason strong, completing 9/10 passes, including a deep, game-winning touchdown throw to J.J. Nelson on Thursday night.
The move is curious. Barkley doesn't really fit the profile of the type of quarterback Bruce Arians wants. He prefers big, strong-armed players -- guys like Logan Thomas. Barkley is 6-2, 227 and has been criticized for having a weak arm.
He also hasn't shown anything in the league. So far in the NFL, he has competed 60 percent of his passes for 300 yards and four interceptions.
Is Barkley the answer at QB3 for the Cardinals?
Update: The trade has been announced by the team. It is official.