INDIANAPOLIS -- General Manager Howie Roseman intimated to reporters at the Scouting Combine on Thursday that the Eagles were close to signing quarterback Trent Edwards. Well, just three hours later the Eagles announced that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal.
"He has expressed a desire to be a part of our team. He's a guy that we liked and we saw him out there and we thought maybe he would be a good fit," Roseman said. "He's a guy who has had success in the NFL. He's started in this league, had won and has also had some adversity. When we see a guy out on the street that we think has some ability, we'll bring him in and we'll take a look and he knows nothing is promised in this game."
The 28-year-old was originally a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2007. Edwards started 33 career games in his career throwing for 6,019 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The 6-4 signal-caller spent training camp and the preseason with the Oakland Raiders in 2011 before being released by the team prior to start of the regular season. Edwards started the 2010 season with the Bills, but was waived and claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In five appearances between the two teams (three starts), Edwards completed 54.5 percent of his pass attempts for 521 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
After Edwards was drafted out of Stanford, Bill Walsh, the late Hall of Fame and Super Bowl champion coach, called the Bills to praise the selection. Edwards appeared in 10 games as a rookie and finished the season as the starting quarterback. In his best season as a pro in 2008, Edwards threw for 2,699 yards in 14 starts, completing 65.5 percent of his passes and throwing 11 touchdowns en route to an 85.4 passer rating.
At Stanford, Edwards threw for 5,429 yards and 36 touchdowns.
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