Cardinals acquire Matt Barkley from Eagles

Matt Barkley is headed to Arizona and will likely serve as the Cardinals' third-string quarterback in 2015.

The race for the Arizona Cardinals' third-string quarterback spot just took an interesting twist.

The Cardinals traded for Matt Barkley on Friday afternoon, sending a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in return. That catch is that Barkley has to be on Arizona's roster for at least six games in order for the Eagles to get the pick.

Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims had been battling it out for the honor but are expected to be trumped by the acquisition of Barkley. There were even talks of the Cardinals going with two quarterbacks (Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton) due to more significant needs on the depth chart.

Both Thomas and Sims put forth solid performances in the team's final preseason game but it appears to be for not. The addition of Barkley means that both Thomas and Sims are likely out with Sims still having a chance to land on the practice squad.

Barkley is the latest in a string of former USC quarterbacks that have come to Arizona, all who've been somewhat of a disappointment at one time or another.

Matt Leinart failed miserably in the desert while Palmer was on the downside of his career before experiencing somewhat of a resurgence with the Cardinals. Now Barkley, who didn't exactly pan out in Philadelphia, will attempt to do the same.

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