Jacksonville Jaguars trade QB Gardner Minshew to Philadelphia Eagles for conditional 2022 sixth-round pick

Dan Graziano explains the reasons why the Eagles traded for Gardner Minshew, a player from the Jaguars. (0:39).
It was announced Saturday that the Jacksonville Jaguars had traded quarterback Gardner Minshew II for a conditional 2022 sixth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Minshew could be a sixth-round pick if he is involved in at least 50% of the plays in three games this year.

Urban Meyer, Jaguars' coach, announced Wednesday that Trevor Lawrence, the top overall pick in the draft, had been appointed as the starting quarterback. Lawrence will take over the center position for the Sept. 12 game against the Texans.

Minshew had been practicing with Lawrence on alternate days throughout training camp. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 193 yards and two interceptions in preseason games.

C.J. Beathard now holds the second highest backup spot after Lawrence. Beathard completed 22 of 30 passes, gaining 223 yards and scoring three touchdowns during the two games.

Minshew will join an Eagles quarterback room that also includes Jalen Hurts, veteran Joe Flacco and Minshew. After the trade was made, Nick Mullens was released by the Eagles. Minshew will be third on the depth charts initially, behind Hurts or Flacco.

Minshew's acquisition is considered low-risk by the Eagles. They will get the same compensation as they would for a draft-ready quarterback. They get a QB who has 20 NFL starts and can play in a pinch when called upon. This is a better priority during the coronavirus pandemic, which means that players who are close to or test positive can be omitted without notice. Minshew's rookie contract has two years left and his salary is $850,000.

Minshew was the rookie to replace Nick Foles, and was then brought back by the Jags as the starter after Foles' struggles. He was awarded the starting job in 2020 and started seven of the season's games before suffering a thumb injury, which he kept from the coaches.

Minshew was able to return to the field for two December games, but he finished the season sitting on the bench. After a record of 1-15, Meyer was hired by the Jaguars and Lawrence, the fan-appointed savior, was drafted.

Minshew's career record includes 501 of 797 passes, 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

This report was based on information from Tim McManus and Mike DiRocco of ESPN.