Trade Relocates ‘Minshew Mania’ To Philadelphia
The “Quarterback Factory” churned early Saturday in Philadelphia, as the Eagles made another move at the game’s most important position.
The team executed a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars to acquire quarterback Gardner Minshew in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick. The Eagles also waived third quarterback Nick Mullens.
Minshew, a two-year pro, was drafted in the sixth round in 2019 by former Jags general manager Dave Caldwell, who’s now working in the Eagles’ front office. He went 7-13 with 37 touchdowns in his two seasons, along with 11 interceptions along, a 63-percent completion rate and 93.1 overall passer rating.
The Eagles frequently discuss the importance of finding young, developmental quarterbacks to groom into solid, cost-efficient backups or perhaps starters.
Minshew had some early success as a rookie, filling in for the injured Nick Foles and winning two of his first three starts and four of his first eight. He tossed seven touchdowns in his first four games, leading to a national craze known as “Minshew Mania” – a phenomenon also fueled by Minshew’s 1970s style mustache, flowing locks and travel wardrobe.
With the Eagles, he’ll start as the No. 3 quarterback and run the scout team as he learns the team’s playbook and works with quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson. Minshew’s contract isn’t up until the end of 2022, so he’ll compete for the backup job next season and perhaps could overtake Joe Flacco at some point this season as the top backup. His base salary this year is $850,000, followed by 965,000 in 2022.
The Eagles committed $3.5 million in guaranteed money for 2021, so for now, Flacco remains the top backup to Jalen Hurts. The sixth-round pick given to Jacksonville can become a fifth if Minshew plays 50 percent of the snaps in three games, according to ESPN.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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