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Cardinals Trade For QB Matt Barkley

Looking for third quarterback, team deals conditional seventh-round pick


The Cardinals traded for Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley on Friday.

Bruce Arians told the players who remained in the meeting room Friday morning – after "10 or 15" were told they were being released as the Cardinals get down to the 53-man roster – that there were still too many left and more change was coming.

Some of that change arrived a couple hours later, when the Cardinals traded for Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley, ostensibly ending the time for Logan Thomas in Arizona. Phillip Sims tweeted earlier Friday he had been released.

The Cardinals are not releasing the names of those cut until Saturday.

The trade is for a conditional seventh-round pick, and the condition is that Barkley has to be on the roster for at least six games. That gives the Cards some time to evaluate him on the field before being locked into losing a draft pick.

Barkley had been in a dual with Tim Tebow for Philadelphia's third quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Barkley completed 27 of 52 passes for 351 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the preseason.

The 6-foot-2, 227-pound Barkley was drafted by the Eagles in fourth round in 2013. He has completed 30-of-50 passes for 300 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in his four regular-season appearances.

It's not the first time the Cards have reached out to the Eagles for a quarterback. In 2011, the Cards dealt a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for quarterback Kevin Kolb. This is a much different situation, however. Barkley arrives as the third quarterback on a test run, with Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton firmly in place as starter and backup.

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