As the Philadelphia Eagles go through OTAs, a lot of attention is focused on the quarterback position. In addition to the extra work that Michael Vick needs to put in this offseason, the Eagles have questions about their backups. Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards, and Nick Foles are all gunning for the number two spot on the team. But while Kafka and Foles are looking sharp, Edwards is struggling during OTAs. As a fan, I think that is a sign that the Eagles should part ways with him sooner rather than later.
The Eagles signed Edwards shortly after the regular season ended. The idea was to bring in a guy with experience in the NFL. With three years as a starter for the Buffalo Bills, Edwards certainly fit that bill. The team knew that Kafka had only thrown 16 career passes and that Vince Young wouldn't be back. They also knew that Vick is prone to injuries and is unlikely to play a full 16 games. The best scenario would have involved Edwards using his experience to help the Eagles win a game or two that Vick might miss. But given the fact that he isn't showing much during OTAs, that hope is quickly fading.
Edwards did not play in 2011 and that probably should have told the Eagles something. In addition, Andy Reid has already given Kafka the first shot at being the backup. If that holds to form, Edwards would be no better than number three on the depth chart. You have to question the point of having a player like him taking that roster spot. When you factor in Foles and his upside, the Eagles would have to carry four quarterbacks if they keep Edwards. We know that won't happen, so they might as well cut ties with Edwards now.
For a guy with as much experience as he has, it is a little scary that Edwards is having trouble understanding the offense. He says it will take time for him to get acclimated. That is the kind of thing we should be hearing from a rookie, not a guy that has started in this league before. All things considered, Edwards is not a guy that is going to help this team. I would much rather see the Eagles devote more time to Kafka and Edwards. In the long run, it makes more sense for all parties involved.
Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong Eagles fan.