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Eagles find no trade partners, release QB Mike Kafka

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Kafka lost his place on the depth chart behind Edwards and Foles. (US Presswire)

When the Eagles signed veteran journeyman Trent Edwards in February he was a long shot to make the roster. The team had Michael Vick (now invincible!), and Mike Kafka graduated to the No. 2 job after Philly shipped Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals before the 2011 season (that worked out well, huh?). Then 2012 third-rounder Nick Foles exceeded everyone's expectations this preseason, which made Edwards' hold on a roster spot even more tenuous.

But Kafka suffered an injury to his hand three weeks ago and has been sidelined ever since. That coupled with Edwards' steady play and Foles' outta-nowhere performance pretty much sealed the former Northwestern quarterbacks' fate. But before the Eagles released Kafka Friday they reportedly tried to trade him.

The NFL is a passing league woefully short on competent passers. So it stood to reason that there would be some interest in Kafka. There wasn't. Maybe teams were scared off by coach Andy Reid's history of fleecing his trading partners (see: Kolb, 2011; McNabb, 2010), or perhaps the interested parties would rather take their chance via the waiver wire.

Now the Eagles move forward with Vick, Foles and Edwards.

“There was great competition at the quarterback position,” Reid said in a statement released by the team. “That's what football and training camp is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think he'll have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very soon.

“On the other hand, I'm proud of the way Trent Edwards conducted himself since the early days of the offseason workouts. He had to fight for everything he earned this summer. He improved each and every day and made the most of every opportunity.”

Edwards, originally a 2007 third-round pick of the Bills who also spent time with the Jags, was out of football last season.

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