The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired QB Gardner Minshew from the Jacksonville Jaguars in return for a 2022 conditional sixth round pick. The pick can become a fifth if Minshew plays in 50% of the snaps across three games this season. The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmed by the team a minute later. The team also announced that they have released QB Nick Mullens.
Trade: Jaguars are sending QB Gardner Minshew II to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2022 sixth-round pick, per sources. The 6th-round pick could go to a 5th if Minshew plays in 50 percent of the plays in three games this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2021
Minshew has played in 23 career games and has started at quarterback in 20 over two career seasons. He has a total of 5,530 yards and 37 touchdowns with 11 interceptions on a 62.9 completion percentage in his career. In 14 games with 12 starts his rookie season in 2019, Minshew threw for 3,271 yards with 21 TDs and 6 INTs after supplanting Nick Foles as the starter. The Jaguars went 6-6 in Minshew’s 12 starts. But, Minshew found himself on the outside looking in after the Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence first overall in the 2021 NFL draft.
I love this deal for the #Eagles but really don’t understand it for the #Jags. Minshew is a cost controlled, competent backup for the next 2 years (less than 1 mil per) and is a proven, competent starter with 20 starts under his belt. A backup QB is worth more than a 6th rounder. https://t.co/wUyeaUj8b3— Shane Haff (@HAFFnHAFF_TPL) August 28, 2021
The former sixth round pick out of Washington State in the 2019 NFL draft will begin as the Eagles third string QB, replacing Nick Mullens. Interestingly enough, the Eagles selected QB Clayton Thorson in the fifth round of that draft and Thorson did not make the roster. Minshew will ultimately compete with Joe Flacco for the main backup role behind Jalen Hurts. The Eagles and Howie Roseman have made it very clear they value depth at the quarterback position and this trade supports that. Owner Jeffrey Lurie has stated in the past that they prefer to groom a backup behind their starter. Minshew gives them the perfect chance to do just that as well as giving them a solid backup for a low cost.