Eagles, Panthers make contact with Feeley

The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers have been in contact with the representatives for veteran free-agent QB A.J. Feeley, according to a league source. Feeley is mulling his options.

Feeley was released by Philadelphia last week, and with QB Donovan McNabb nursing bruised ribs, the Eagles are exploring other backup options. Eagles coach Andy Reid said as much during a news conference Monday.

“We have a lot of respect for A.J. but I know other people in this league do, too,” Reid said.

Feeley knows Philadelphia’s system well, but would have three quarterbacks potentially ahead of him come Week 3, when Michael Vick is eligible to play.  The Eagles have been in contact with other free agent quarterbacks as well, according to a league source, but the team has no plans to activate Vick to the 53-man roster this week, which would allow him to practice.

Carolina lacks a proven backup to QB Jake Delhomme, who struggled mightily Sunday and was also turnover-prone in last season’s playoff defeat. With that in mind, the Panthers are also exploring quarterbacks. Coach John Fox has given Delhomme his support, but could end up making a change if the slump continues.

Delhomme received a lucrative contract extension in the offseason.

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