Quarterback Matt Barkley agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Eagles on Thursday, leaving first-round pick Lane Johnson as the only rookie without a contract six weeks before training camp.
Barkley, the team’s surprising fourth-round pick, sounded confident a deal was closed on Wednesday when asked about his contract. He said there were a few discrepancies that must be solved, but assured that the contract will not linger heading into a training camp when Barkley still hopes to win the starting job.
The terms of the deal are not immediately known. Barkley was the No. 98 overall pick, and the No. 98 pick in the 2012 draft received a four-year, $2.58 million contract. That’s more than $10 million less than the four-year, $12.68 million dollar deal signed by Ryan Tannehill, who was the third quarterback taken in 2012. Barkley might have been in contention to go at that point had he entered the draft in 2012, but he elected to return for his senior season. (However, it's unknown whether he would have been drafted that high if he went through the pre-draft process.)
Either way, Barkley likely did not receive as much money as he would have earned had he come out following his junior season, but he’s still in what might be a fortuitous situation. The Eagles were high on Barkley entering the draft and have an unsettled quarterback spot. Now that his contract is solved, Barkley is assured to be in camp on time and will try to earn the job over Michael Vick and Nick Foles – or at least impress coaches enough to suggest he might be the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.