Exactly a month since the start of free agency, Matt McGloin finally found a new home. He has signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal.
McGloin spent the first four years of his career with the Raiders, going undrafted out of Penn State, where he set passing records as a senior.
It’s a homecoming for McGloin, who is a native of Scranton Pennsylvania, staying at home to play for the Nittany Lions.
McGloin said following the team’s loss in the wildcard round to the Texans that wherever he signed, he wanted it to be with a team that gave him a chance to compete for a starting role. Since that wasn’t going to happen in Oakland with Derek Carr entrenched as the starter, he would be leaving as a free agent.
With Carr’s injury in week 16, McGloin got the nod for the season finale against the Broncos. It would be his first start since his 2013 rookie season in which he started 6 games for the Raiders. If he played well, very likely some team would have given him the chance he felt he deserved.
After going 6 of 11 for 21 yards with no touchdowns, he would leave the game with a shoulder injury and not return. With the McGloin’s injury status uncertain, they made the decision early in the week to go with Connor Cook for the playoff game in Houston. McGloin’s Raiders career would end with a whimper.
With number two overall pick Carson Wentz in place as the starter after a solid 2016 rookie season, and the return of former starter Nick Foles, McGloin may be a long shot to ever see the field, let alone start. But making the team would allow him to continue his career close to home. And that’s a win for the Scranton Scrapper.