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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles made their second trade in two days, acquiring rookie kicker Cody Parkey from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for running back David Fluellen.
That's a fairly straightforward player-for-player deal on the surface, but it's intriguing on several levels.
Earlier Wednesday, the Eagles announced they had released Fluellen, an undrafted rookie from Toledo. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound back scored a touchdown in the preseason opener in Chicago, but missed the New England game Friday night with a calf injury.
When the Eagles acquired running back Kenjon Barner in a trade with Carolina Panthers Tuesday night, Fluellen was the odd man out. But a few hours after announcing his release, the Eagles announced he had instead been traded to the Colts.
Parkey, who was undrafted out of Auburn, presents a new twist in the Eagles' odd kicker competition. They had signed Vanderbilt kicker Corey Spear to compete with Alex Henery, but Spear hadn't performed well enough in practices to earn an opportunity in the preseason games.
"We brought him to camp to see what he can do," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of Spear, "but we can't tell what he can do until we put him in camp. If you don't make them in practice situations, I don't know."
Henery missed a 47-yard field goal attempt against New England Friday night. Clearly, the Eagles felt a need to upgrade the level of competition he is facing.
Enter Parkey, who as a senior made 15 of 21 field goal attempts and 62 of 63 extra points. He led the nation with 69 touchbacks, an area the Eagles are looking to improve.
In Indianapolis, Parkey was competing with incumbent Adam Vinatieri and was a longshot to make the Colts roster.