Report: Eagles interested in Christian Ponder after Tim Tebow cut

The Eagles released Tim Tebow on Saturday after it looking like he might make the roster because, as Chip Kelly flatly said after the move, Tebow wasn't good enough. Good job, good effort and whatnot

Someone's got to replace him, though, because the Eagles only have 52 players. Kelly also confirmed the final roster spot would be filled by a quarterback. 

One idea that was floated out there from Rand Getlin of NFL.com? Former first-round pick Christian Ponder, currently on the Raiders roster.

Ponder was taken early in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Vikings but didn't pan out at all (not only did he not get a second contract, the Vikes didn't pick up his fifth-year option). 

The former Florida State star latched on with the Raiders in March this offseason but is a likely candidate to be cut by Oakland before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

If that happens he'll hit the open market and could end up on the Eagles. It's a smart fit, really. Ponder doesn't have the strongest arm in the world, but he can make quick decisions in the pocket and get the ball out fast. He'd basically be a slightly more advanced Matt Barkley, whom the Eagles traded to Arizona on Friday.

Whatever the case, expect another quarterback to be signed by the Eagles as the 53rd man on the roster. Further proof that Tebow was never the answer. 

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