Cardinals trade for Eagles QB Matt Barkley

Sep 4, 2015, 1:01 PM | Updated: 2:10 pm

Philadelphia Eagles' Matt Barkley (2) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game ...

Philadelphia Eagles' Matt Barkley (2) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

The Arizona Cardinals have traded for Philadelphia Eagles QB Matt Barkley. The news was first reported by multiple sources, including FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer  and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cardinals then confirmed the trade, which involves sending a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Eagles in exchange for the QB.

Barkley was a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Eagles. The former USC quarterback has played in four games over two seasons, three of which came in 2013.

He completed 30-of-49 passes for 300 yards for zero touchdowns and four interceptions that season. He made only one pass attempt in 2014, and it fell incomplete.

 

The Cardinals had been connected to Barkley prior to this trade, as back in 2013 — before he was drafted — the QB reportedly made a fantastic impression on Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and the rest of the organization.

The 6-foot-2, 227-pound Barkley was a highly-coveted recruit coming out of high school. He was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2009 ESPN 150. At USC Barkley started all four years, finishing with 12,327 yards passing with 116 touchdowns and 48 interceptions. He is the leading passer in USC history and was the only player in USC and Pac-12 history to throw for over 100 touchdowns in a career.

The Trojans went 34-17 during Barkley’s four years with the team.

It’s an interesting move for the Cardinals, who appeared to be down to undrafted rookie free agent Phillip Sims and last year’s fourth-round pick, Logan Thomas, for the third-string QB job behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

Thomas appeared to gain an edge with his performance in Thursday night’s preseason finale, and Friday Sims took to social media essentially saying he was cut. It appeared that meant Thomas would be the third QB, but now that is not the case.

Now, it is possible for Thomas and/or Sims to wind up on the practice squad, though they’d have to be passed over by every other team in order for that to happen.

Arizona Cardinals running back Paul Lasike (34) celebrates his touchdown with Jaron Brown (13) as Denver Broncos defensive back Josh Bush (20) walks away during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor (30) is hit by Denver Broncos defensive back Josh Bush (20) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos wide receiver Isaiah Burse (19) is hit by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jimmy Legree (46) intercepts a pass intended for Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer (14) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Phillip Sims (1) is hit by Denver Broncos middle linebacker Lamin Barrow (57) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (27) escapes the reach of Denver Broncos linebacker Gerald Rivers (99) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Phillip Sims (1) throws over Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals running back Paul Lasike (34) celebrates his touchdown with teammate  Kerwynn Williams (33) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive back C.J. Roberts (36) pursues during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Denver Broncos cornerback Lorenzo Doss (38) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive back C.J. Roberts (36) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (16) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Anthony Walters (45) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (27) is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (27) his tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray (56) and linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Phillip Sims (1) is sacked by Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell (12) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals safety Harold Jones-Quartey (41) pursues during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up with his son, Marshall Manning, 4, prior to the Broncos' NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Matt York) Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the the Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas (6) dives for yards as Denver Broncos defensive end Josh Watson (70) and Zaire Anderson (47) defend during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Denver Broncos wide receiver Isaiah Burse (19) is hit by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, greets Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak after an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. The Cardinals won 22-20. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians greets Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. The Cardinals won 22-20. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) greet at mid field after an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. The Cardinals won 22-20. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus (8) misses a chance at a game-winning field goal as Britton Colquitt (4) holds during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. The Cardinals won 22-20. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (16) can't make the catch as Arizona Cardinals defensive back C.J. Roberts (36) defends during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (16) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jimmy Legree (46) falls to the ground during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas (6) dives for yards as Denver Broncos defensive end Josh Watson (70) and Zaire Anderson (47) defend during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) scores a touchdown as Denver Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson (47) defends during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Arizona Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor (30) is hit by Denver Broncos defensive back Josh Bush (20) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. 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