AAF’s Luis Perez to Get a Look from Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Luis Perez and the rest of the AAF's players may have not gotten a plane ticket home after the ill-fated Charlie Ebersol startup closed its doors earlier this week but the former Birmingham Iron quarterback may have found his golden ticket to the NFL with the short-lived league.
The Eagles, who are in the market for another arm after losing Nick Foles to Jacksonville in free agency, are set to give Perez a look next week.
Perez, a 6-foot-3, 222-pound San Diego native is 24 and went the JUCO route in college before landing at Texas A&M Commerce in 2016, a Division II school. Perez lit it up at that level throwing for 78 touchdowns against 16 interceptions over two seasons. He was eligible but not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft but did ultimately sign with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent before being waived at the final cutdown. The Rams then brought Perez back to their practice squad for two weeks before again releasing him.
Perez ultimately landed in the AAF as the Iron's starting QB where his numbers weren't great -- completing 135-of-258 passes (just a 52.3 completion rate) for 1460 yards with five TDs and six picks -- but Birmingham finished above water at 5-3 and Perez impressed some NFL scouts with certain traits as a pocket-style signal caller.
Nate Sudfeld is currently penciled in as Carson Wentz's backup after being elevated from third-string once Foles got the big money with the Jaguars. The Eagles' brass has expressed confidence in Sudfeld but did say no one is being handed a job and veteran competition would be preferred.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen