3 free-agent backup-QB fits for Eagles if Gardner Minshew walks
Jalen Hurts isn’t going anywhere — but Gardner Minshew might be heading out the door.
Hurts has missed three games in 2022 due to injuries, with the Eagles going 1-2 in his absence.
We all know the Eagles value the backup quarterback, they have for years and even won a Super Bowl with Nick Foles stepping in for Carson Wentz in 2017. If Minshew walks, they need a backup who can not only steady the ship, but give them a chance to win if Hurts misses any time.
We know the team likes to have a experienced backup, guys like Chase Daniels, Josh McCown, Foles and Minshew.
Backup QB is not a spot the Eagles like to leave to an inexperienced player. Thus, this is one area where it would seem the Eagles will have to put a focus on, if Minshew walks.
So, who’s on the market? Here are three names to consider.
1. Jacoby Brissett, Browns: Brissett has plenty of starting experience, making 48 starts during his seven-year career, with four different teams.
One of those teams? The Indianapolis Colts, where he spent time with Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
He had a solid season in 2022, starting 11 games for the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 2,608 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Is he going to win you the Super Bowl? No. However, he can keep the team afloat for a few weeks if Hurts went down for a few weeks with an injury.
2. Jarrett Stidham, Raiders: Stidham had a brief run as the starting quarterback for the Raiders this season, starting the final two games of the season. He threw for 656 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also added 14 carries for 84 yards rushing this season.
While Stidham has no connection with the Eagles coaching staff, he is a young quarterback, who they can probably get on a friendly deal, who has starting experience.
3. P.J Walker, Panthers: Walker, who is a restricted free agent, spent time with Nick Sirianni during his time with the Colts and has some starting experience during his time in Carolina with the Panthers.
Walker, the former Temple QB, has started seven game with the Panthers during his three seasons in Carolina.
But we know familiarity is something that is key in the NFL, and Sirianni could feel comfortable with Walker coming in and running the Eagles offseason for a few weeks if needed.
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