Quarterback Matt Barkley signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Thursday.
Barkley was the 98th overall pick in the 2013 draft. The former Southern Cal product had been projected as a top-50 pick, but the all-time leading passer in USC history was criticized for his climbing interception total as a senior despite starting every season since his freshman year of high school. He was unable to work out with his peers at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a shoulder injury.
Barkley's selection likely proves mobility isn't a required skill in coach Chip Kelly's offense. He ran a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash during pre-draft workouts, but threw 12 touchdown passes in four games against Kelly's Oregon Ducks. Kelly said Barkley is ready to compete, but through minicamp only Michael Vick and Nick Foles took recurring repetitions with the first-team offense.
"I'm going to steal a quote from Sam Rutligliano. He used to say, 'With a quarterback, it's like a tea bag. You don't know what you have until you put it in hot water,'" Kelly said in April. "The first time I saw Matt Barkley, he was a true freshman and he came into (Oregon's) Autzen Stadium, which is one of the toughest places to play in the world, and it didn't phase him a bit. Matt was never a freshman. There was just a poise about him. There was a calm about him."