Eagles QB Joe Flacco signed a $ 3.5 million one-year deal to support Jalen Hurts.

The Philadelphia Eagles were traded in on Saturday for veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew. They released third stringer Nick Mullens to make room for him.

Jalen Hurts remains the starter at Philly, but the move certainly upsets the depths table behind the dual-threat quarterback. Joe Flacco is used as a backup for the time being.

The former Super Bowl MVP has survived an eventful preseason in which he did just enough to keep the job. Flacco went 13 of 16 for 188 yards and two touchdowns on Friday night.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Minshew will take third place on the depth map. The Eagles love to “collect and develop talent,” which led Howie Roseman to refer to the franchise as the “QB Factory” for the last off-season.

“For better or for worse, we’re quarterback developers” the general manager told reporters last April. “We want to be a quarterback factory. When we make such decisions, we always base ourselves on our principles and who we are and what we believe in, right or wrong, that’s us. ”

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Mullens went 10 out of 14 for 98 yards in the third preseason game against New York. It was the end of a grim training camp for the fourth-year Southern Miss player. Minshew will take his place while he pushes Flacco for the replacement job.

Eagles insider Dave Spadaro has assessed Minshew’s future role. He wrote the following:

With Minshew on board, the Eagles have three quarterbacks that have won at the NFL level. Minshew is a quick decision maker who has a degree of mobility, a good arm, and toughness. He was team leader in Jacksonville during a transition period for the Jaguars in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The Minshew trade appears to be a win-win for the Eagles. Maybe not so much for Jacksonville. It’s also interesting to note that former Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell now serves as the Eagles’ HR manager. He certainly had something to do with this move.

the Jags were VERY STUPID in order to limit Trevor Lawrence’s practical repetitions in & exercises to work in time for a guy you’d trade in … for a 6. ???

The Eagles will have to reduce their roster to 53 players by Tuesday (August 31), out of the 80 players currently seated. Three of them are now assigned to quarterbacks.

There are question marks all over the roster, but none are more pressing than at the wide receiver position. DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor are the starters, while Greg Ward occupies the slot. Quez Watkins has secured a spot after a stellar camp. Travis Fulgham would be fifth.

Would the Eagles keep six recipients? J. J. Arcega-Whiteside has enjoyed a decent camp and after a strong showing in the preseason final, may have earned another season in midnight green. He finished with two catches for 57 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown. The John Hightower Experiment is over.

J.J. The 42-yard Arcega-Whiteside TD is his longest preseason or regular season reception in an Eagles uniform. His 57 yards are the most since he made 8 catches and 104 yards in the third preseason game against BAL in 2019.

This decision and 27 other tough decisions were facing the new head coach Nick Sirianni. He’d already vowed to meet face-to-face with every player he cuts.

“There are a lot of things about my job that are tough so I don’t let them focus,” said Sirianni. “When you come in I want to think carefully about what I want to say, what you need to work on to stay elsewhere, what we need to perfect in your craft.”

Nick Sirianni and the Eagles have to make some tough decisions since further cadre cuts are pending until Tuesday