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Eagles-Cardinals trade has massive implications for Tim Tebow

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With the deadline for NFL franchises to trim their rosters to 53 players now less than 24 hours away, much of the speculation in Philadelphia has been focussed upon whether much-maligned quarterback Tim Tebow has done enough to earn a place on the team for 2015.

Key move

Well, although the Eagles are yet to formally announce their latest cuts, a trade move this afternoon appears to have all but confirmed Tebow's fate.

As reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the team have traded fellow quarterback Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals - effectively leaving Tebow out on his own as third-choice QB in Philly.


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Barkely and Tebow had been in competition to serve as the third string quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. With the former USC star now heading to Arizona it appears Tebow has won the battle.

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Winning the battle

Whether Thursday night's final preseason game affected the decision is uncertain, but Tebow certainly did much to improve his chances.

With Barkley having managed to complete just 4-of-9 passes, being intercepted on the very first drive of the game, Tebow threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

As has so often been the case this offseason, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly could still spring a surprise and release Tim Tebow as well when the deadline comes around at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

But after impressing in preseason the return of Tebow looks to have been extended into the regular campaign.

Offers something different

Although Tebow won't be challenging for a starting role any time soon, should his place on the Eagles roster be secured he certainly offers a unique option for Kelly and co.

Unlike Bradford or Sanchez, the former New York Jets and Patriots man is a threat running the football - a talent he has in abundance compared to the departing Barkley.

Eagles fans: Would you be happy to see Tebow on the field in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...

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