The Eagles have Carson Wentz set as their franchise quarterback, but one of the under-the-radar questions of this offseason is who will serve as his backup in 2020? The Eagles took a big step toward answering that question on Tuesday morning as they agreed to terms with quarterback Nate Sudfeld on a one-year deal. Sudfeld was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
"We're very comfortable with Nate," Head Coach Doug Pederson said at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. "We'll see what happens this spring when we get down the road with him, but he's put himself in position to compete and possibly be the No. 2."
Sudfeld served as the No. 3 quarterback last season behind Wentz and Josh McCown. Wentz, Sudfeld, and Kyle Lauletta are now under contract for the upcoming season. McCown is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the season-ending loss to Seattle. The 40-year-old McCown is set to be a free agent and has not yet made any decisions about his football future.
A former sixth-round selection of Washington in 2016, Sudfeld was claimed off waivers by the Eagles at the start of the 2017 regular season. Sudfeld served as the primary backup in the latter half of the run to the Super Bowl and set what was at the time the record for highest completion percentage (82.6 percent) in an NFL debut in the regular-season finale against Dallas. He threw his first touchdown pass in the 2018 regular-season finale against his former team.
The 6-6, 227-pound Sudfeld was poised to be the primary backup to start the season for the first time in 2019. However, Sudfeld suffered a fractured wrist in the preseason opener, and the Eagles turned to the veteran McCown. Sudfeld returned for Week 3 of the regular season. He was active for five games this season but did not get any snaps on offense.