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. 

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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. 

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.