Joe Callahan

Eagles Sign QB Joe Callahan

Joe Callahan has found a new job. The quarterback signed a two-year deal with the Eagles today. The 24-year-old was waived by the Packers last week.

The 2016 undrafted free agent out of Wesley has bounced around the league over the past two seasons, spending time with the Saints, Browns, and Packers (two stints). With Aaron Rodgers injured, Callahan went on to make his NFL debut this past season, completing five of his seven attempts for 11 yards.

The signal-caller was predictably a lot more productive during his collegiate career, highlighted by a senior season when he completed 58.4-percent of his passes for 3,599 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.

While Callahan inked a two-year deal with Philly, he might not necessarily be a lock to make the roster. He’ll presumably compete with Nate Sudfeld to be the Eagles’ third-string quarterback behind Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.

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Eagles Sign WR Markus Wheaton

On Wednesday, the Eagles announced the signing of veteran wide receiver Markus Wheaton to a one-year deal. The Eagles will also add quarterback Joe Callahan, a source tells Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). 

Wheaton signed a two-year, $11MM deal with the Bears last year that included $5MM guaranteed. Unfortunately, he was one of several busts in that Bears free agent class. In March, Chicago cut the former Steelers draft pick.

Wheaton, 27, has registered just 51 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons. However, he had more than 40 receptions for the Steelers in both 2014 and 2015. With the Eagles, he’ll fight to be one of five or six wide receivers out of a group that is currently in the double digits. The WR depth chart is headlined by star Alshon Jeffery as well as Nelson Agholor and free agent addition Mike Wallace. Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson, Bryce Treggs, and Marquess Wilson are also among those under contract.

Callahan, meanwhile, went unclaimed after being waived by the Packers on Monday. There could be an opportunity for him to stick as the No. 3 QB behind Carson Wentz and Nick Foles and he should see reps in the preseason as Wentz’s availability is expected to be limited.

Before signing Callahan, the Eagles also considered Ohio State product J.T. Barrett, according to Garafolo. Barrett instead chose to sign with the Saints this week.

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Packers Waive QB Joe Callahan

Joe Callahan‘s bounced on and off the Packers’ 53-man roster the past two seasons, but he fell victim to a post-draft roster squeeze this year.

The Packers waived the third-year quarterback on Monday. They are now down to three passers on their offseason roster: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer. Callahan served as Green Bay’s third quarterback over the past two seasons, continuing to vacillate between 53-man roster cog and practice squad occupant.

The Division III product was Hundley’s backup last season and played in one game, but his path back to that spot is more complex now that Kizer’s in the picture. It’s possible the Packers could reacquire Callahan as they’ve done in the past, but for now, he’s on the waiver wire.

As a rookie, Callahan saw the Packers, Saints and Browns waive him. He ended up back in Green Bay and remained there for the rest of the 2016 season and throughout last year.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 4/17/18

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/13/18

Here are today’s restricted free agent and exclusive-rights free agent tender decisions, with the list being updated throughout the day. All links go to Twitter unless otherwise noted:

RFAs

Tendered at original round level ($1.907MM):

Non-tendered:

ERFAs

Tendered:

Non-tendered:

Packers To Re-Sign QB Joe Callahan

The Packers’ active-roster quarterback contingent will stand at three soon. Joe Callahan will return two days after being waived to make room for Aaron Rodgers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Callahan has yet to throw an NFL pass and went unclaimed on waivers, but the Division III product is in his second year with the team and served as Brett Hundley‘s backup while Rodgers recovered.

Considering what transpired on Sunday, the Callahan transaction could be a sign the Packers aren’t going to risk further injury to their franchise player in the two final regular-season games. The Packers lost to the Panthers to drop to 7-7 and would be eliminated from playoff contention if the Falcons defeat the Buccaneers on Monday night. Mike McCarthy didn’t confirm a protective route was in the franchise’s plans just yet, however.

Demovsky, though, notes the Packers view Callahan as a developmental prospect. He remains in the team’s plans despite being waived over the weekend.

Green Bay also worked out two other quarterbacks on Monday, per Demovsky, who notes Matt McGloin and Garrett Fugate auditioned for the team. McGloin has worked out for several teams this season and spent time with two, the Eagles and Texans. Both cut him. A Kansas City, Kan., native, Fugate is a rookie out of Division II Central Missouri.

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Packers Activate Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers absolutely will return to action on Sunday against the Panthers. The Packers moved their starting quarterback onto their 53-man roster on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

To make room, the Packers slashed their quarterback contingent back to two by cutting Joe Callahan. A second-year passer, Callahan resided on Green Bay’s taxi squad before Rodgers’ injury made him the primary backup to Brett Hundley.

Rodgers spent the eight weeks on IR, the NFL-mandated minimum, and earlier this week announced he was medically cleared. The Packers probably aren’t in position to make this move without their overtime victories against the Buccaneers and Browns. The Panthers are likely to see a different version of the Packers, a team picked by some to advance to Super Bowl LII before the season.

Green Bay sits one game behind the No. 6 wild-card spot in a crowded NFC race. And winning out won’t be easy. Although, it would have been next to impossible without Rodgers’ return. The Packers follow their trip to Charlotte with a home game against the Vikings and a trip to Detroit.

The Packers cutting Callahan indicates a degree of confidence in Rodgers’ health. Callahan will have to pass through waivers to make it back to Green Bay’s practice squad, if that is the move the franchise is trying to make. The Division III product has yet to take an NFL snap.

Rodgers was leading the NFL with his 13 touchdown passes at the time he went down early in Week 6. The two-time MVP led the Packers from 4-6 to the NFC championship game last season. He’ll have a chance to potentially do that again, only this year the team will not be gunning for an NFC North title and instead will need wild-card help to reach the postseason.

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Packers To Promote QB Joe Callahan

The Packers have agreed to sign practice squad quarterback Joe Callahan to the 53-man roster, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tweets. For now, he’s slated to serve as Brett Hundley‘s backup. Joe Callahan

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The Packers, of course, will be without Aaron Rodgers for an extended period after he suffered a broken collarbone. Even after losing one of the league’s best quarterbacks, it’s not clear whether the Packers will seriously explore outside options. The Packers have always been big on their philosophy of promoting from within and they may feel that Hundley is better suited for the task than a veteran quarterback who does not know the playbook.

Hundley, a fifth round pick in the 2015 draft, attempted just 11 NFL passes before Sunday’s game. He’s now quadrupled that total with 44 attempts.

Callahan, 24, first joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in the spring of 2016. He has yet to play in an NFL game, but he has gotten a taste of life on the fringes of the NFL after being released and claimed a couple times over. He had brief stints with the Browns and Saints before circling back to Green Bay last December.

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NFC North Notes: Bears, Hundley, Lions

Although John Fox is known for his conservative tendencies, the Bears coach wanted to pull the trigger on starting the Mitch Trubisky era earlier than the team ended up going through with the quarterback switch. Fox raved about the No. 2 overall pick’s upside and was open to the team replacing Mike Glennon earlier than Week 5, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. However, ownership and management, due to Trubisky’s inexperience and the investment the team recently made in Glennon, halted the switch before finally agreeing to turn to the rookie after Glennon’s rough outing in Green Bay. Trubisky picked up his first career win as a starter Sunday, with the Bears beating the Ravens in overtime.

Here’s more from the NFC North, shifting to the division’s highest-profile quarterback situation.

  • Mike McCarthy doesn’t sound ready to explore outside solutions to replace Aaron Rodgers after the perennial MVP candidate broke his collarbone Sunday. The Packers coach said postgame (via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, on Twitter) Brett Hundley is his starting quarterback and Joe Callahan, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game yet, is the backup. A 2015 fifth-round pick, Hundley entered Sunday with 11 career pass attempts. The UCLA product threw three interceptions in the Packers’ loss to the Vikings. Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Matt McGloin are among the UFA options. Wisconsin native Tony Romo has stood out as an analyst in his first season, and the 37-year-old recently retired passer reportedly would only consider a return to the NFL if the Cowboys needed him. However, this would be quite the special circumstance, given the Packers’ recent track record.
  • The Lions continue to wait for left tackle Taylor Decker to return to action, and Greg Robinson has yet to prove a capable replacement. But it’s likely the former No. 2 overall pick will continue to function as the Lions’ starter on the left edge due to his experience advantage over Brian Mihalik and Emmett Cleary, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com writes. However, Rothstein notes Decker might be ready to play by the time the Lions return to action in Week 8. A late-October return gels with the last update that emerged on Decker.
  • Teddy Bridgewater received good news on multiple fronts. Eligible to come off the PUP list on Monday, the Vikings quarterback is said to be ready to go. Bridgewater’s contract situation also looks to be breaking in a favorable fashion after previously residing in a murky place.

Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC North teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings