The Eagles have agreed to contract terms with athletic Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, according to a league source.
Just not as a quarterback.
Martinez threw for 7,258 yards and ran for 2,975 more in four years at Nebraska but missed most of last year with a serious foot injury that limited him to just four games.
The league source said the Eagles plan to work Martinez in as either a defensive back or wide receiver, but he won’t get reps at quarterback.
“I felt pretty good doing receiver and safety,” Martinez said after his pro day workout, according to NFLDraftScout.com. “Whoever wants me at whatever position, I'll go.”
Martinez went undrafted this past weekend.
Martinez completed 59.8 percent of his passes in his college career with 56 touchdowns and 29 interceptions and rushed 585 times for 2,975 yards, a 5.1 average.
The Eagles already have a crowded field at quarterback, with Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on the roster.
Martinez was not invited to the combine in February. He worked out as a quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver at his pro day.
Martinez’s contract is pending a physical, which he has not yet taken.
Considering the seriousness of his foot injury – a plantar plate tear of the second metatarsal phalangeal joint, ESPN.com reported in January -- that’s certainly a very important step.
Martinez did have some big passing games as a junior – 26 of 34 for 354 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions vs. Southern Mississippi, 27 of 39 for 342 yards, three TDs and no INTs vs. Northwestern, 21 of 29 for 308 yards two TDs and no INTs vs. Minnesota.
He was never considered a big-time NFL quarterback prospect because of his mechanics and accuracy. But he showed his athleticism at his pro day, where he ran a 3.83 in the short shuttle, had a 39-inch vertical and a 10-9 broad jump.
He has good size at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds and ran a 4.41 at his pro day coming off the foot injury, so the Eagles believe he has a chance to eventually be a nice fit somewhere on the field because of his athletic ability.
Martinez caught one pass in college – for one yard as a freshman – and hasn’t played defensive back since high school. The Eagles consider him a long-range project who will likely have to compete for a spot on the practice squad for now.
That would put him in the same category as guys like Michael Bamiro, the former Stony Brook offensive lineman, or Ifeanyi Momah, the wideout from Boston College. Bamiro spent last year on the practice squad. Momah was released after the preseason but invited back this past offseason.