The Soul pulled the plug on quarterback Justin Allgood yesterday, sending him back to the Tulsa Talons in a three-team deal that netted Philadelphia an offensive lineman and future considerations.
Allgood was one of the first players signed in the offseason by the Soul, who were rebuilding from scratch following two seasons off. Injuries and inconsistency stunted Allgood's transition here. His departure leaves Ryan Vena as the only quarterback on the roster.
A source said free-agent quarterback Brandon Kirsch would be signed and join the team in practice today, though general manager Tom Goodhines would not confirm. Kirsch, who hasn't been a regular starter since 2005 at Purdue, was at the Wells Fargo Center for Philadelphia's win over Georgia on Friday. He is expected to be given an opportunity to start. Vena has started the last three games, two of which were victories.
Allgood was traded to Tulsa for wide receiver Rodney Wright. The Soul then traded Wright to San Jose for offensive lineman Patrick Afif plus considerations, which generally turn out to be another player down the line.
"Justin's a talent and he's from Oklahoma, so that made that a natural fit," Goodhines said. "Being able to get a player with Rodney Wright's value allows us to address a need along the offensive line."
Wright started the season with San Jose and played for the SaberCats from 2005-08. He had 13 catches against the Soul in the ArenaBowl championship game following the 2008 season.
Afif (6-6, 320) was on San Jose's refused to report list, so the SaberCats were anxious to get something in return for him.
Though they've been competitive in most every game, the Soul's 3-6 record is the franchise's worst after nine games. One glimmer of hope is that the AFL schedule this year was increased by two games to 18, allowing for more time to get back into the playoff race.
The Soul are 2 1/2 games back in the division race heading into Saturday's trip to Cleveland (5-3), the East leader. Six of the Soul's final nine games are at the Wells Fargo Center.