General manager Howie Roseman indicated on Thursday at the NFL Combine that the Philadelphia Eagles could be close to signing free agent Trent Edwards, according to multiple reports from Roseman's press conference.
Roseman hinted about a possible Edwards acquisition, then noted that "it's fair" to interpret his comments as meaning that Edwards could soon be relocating to Philadelphia.
Edwards was drafted in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills and quickly became the starting quarterback, but his career never blossomed the way management wished and he was waived during September of 2010. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and finished the 2010 season there, but sat out the 2011 campaign after being released during final roster cuts by the Oakland Raiders.
Due to questions about Michael Vick's durability, backup quarterback is an especially important position for the Eagles. Vince Young manned that role in 2011, getting three starts due to Vick injuries. But Young threw just four touchdowns compared to nine interceptions for the season and the team went 1-2 during his starts.
If Edwards does in fact sign with the Eagles, he will likely compete with Mike Kafka for primary backup quarterback responsibilities. Kafka is entering his third season and complete 11 of 16 passes in 2011 as Philadelphia's third-string quarterback.