Arizona just agreed to a trade bringing in Matt Barkley from the Eagles according to NFL.com. The move comes the day before teams have to make cuts down to 53 players. This will give them two former USC quarterbacks on the roster including starter Carson Palmer.
ESPN Cardinals beat reporter Josh Weinfuss published an article today predicting the team to cut rookie Phillip Sims and move second-year Logan Thomas to the practice squad because both Sims and Thomas were practice squad eligible. However, the acquisition of Barkley could complicate that, as I don’t know if Barkley will be also be eligible. If not, I anticipate both Sims and Thomas being cut and the team retaining only Palmer, Drew Stanton and Barkley.
This will be Barkley’s third season according to NFL.com. He’s still young enough that if he brings the intangibles the coaching staff are looking for to the table, Palmer’s mentorship could help mold him into the long-term quarterback the team has been looking for. Multiple media sources, including ESPN, are reporting the trade to include a conditional 7th-round draft pick, so even if he doesn’t work out the Cardinals will not end up loosing a whole lot.