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Report: If Eagles can trade Barkley, they’ll likely sign Tebow

Newly-signed New England Patriots quarterback Tebow talks to reporters following practice session during mandatory team mini-camp in Foxborough

Newly-signed New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow talks to reporters following a practice session during a mandatory team mini-camp in Foxborough, Massachusetts June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Tim Tebow to the Eagles isn’t dead yet.

Although the Eagles didn’t sign Tebow after working him out this week, they still might, according to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington. According to Russini, the decision will hinge on whether the Eagles can find a taker for Matt Barkley in a trade. If they can, they would likely sign Tebow to become the third quarterback on their depth chart, behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.

It’s an interesting question whether the Eagles could find a taker for Barkley. On the one hand, Barkley hasn’t played particularly well in limited action, with zero touchdown passes, four interceptions and a passer rating of 43.8. On the other hand, Barkley was once considered such a good prospect that when he decided to stay at USC for his senior season in 2012, people thought he might have been the first overall pick in the draft. All it takes is one NFL team to be enamored with his talent for the Eagles to get an offer.

And then Chip Kelly could sign Tebow. Although no one thinks Tebow would have any chance of beating out Bradford or Sanchez for the starting job, it’s not unthinkable that Tebow could make the Eagles’ roster as a third-string quarterback. Most people around the NFL believe that Tebow’s career is over, but Kelly doesn’t think the way most people around the NFL think. He may be ready to give Tebow another chance.