Eagles: Patriots Looking To Trade For A.J. Feeley

31 08 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network is reporting that the Patriots’ surprising decision to cut quarterback Kevin O’Connell, a third round draft pick in 2008, could be a precursor to a trade that would send Philadelphia Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley to New England.

La Canfora says that the Patriots are “among the many teams” to have shown interest in Feeley since the team signed Michael Vick. It is expected that Feeley would be the odd man out, since it is unlikely the team would carry four quarterbacks, though they may do so until Vick is fully re-instated.

The Birds have already traded Feeley once, to the Miami Dolphins in 2004 for a second round draft choice. That selection later became Reggie Brown.

The timing of the O’Connell cut was a bit odd, considering that both Chief’s QB Matt Cassel and Broncos’ QB Kyle Orton went down to injuries over the weekend. Chiefs first year GM Scott Pioli came from the New England organization and has already traded for one NE quarterback in Matt Cassel. Broncos new head coach Josh McDaniels, the former offensive coordinator for the Pats, also attempted to trade for Cassel. With each teams’ respective starting quarterbacks now on the shelf, the Patriots likely could have pried a draft pick away from either team in exchange for O’Connell. Both the Chiefs and Broncos are now, obviously, potential destinations for Feeley as well. The St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars are also plausible landing spots.

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