Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Miami Dolphins have acquired quarterback A.J. Feeley from the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2005 draft pick, according to a pair of published reports.
The Sun-Sentinel and the Philadelphia Inquirer both reported the deal Saturday, with the Inquirer adding the Eagles will receive a second-round pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
Under NFL rules, the trade cannot become official until the trading period begins March 3, the same day as free agency. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins are in the process of negotiating a new contract with Feeley, who was scheduled to become a restricted free agent.
The 26-year-old Feeley, a fifth-round pick out of Oregon in 2001, went from third-string quarterback to a fan favorite in Philadelphia when he replaced the injured Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer and won his first four starts late in the 2002 season. The Eagles went 4-1 in their final five regular season games that year with Feeley as starter.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Feeley showed enough promise in his 2002 stint as starter that the Dolphins decided to pursue trading for him rather than waiting for other quarterback options like the Washington Redskins' Patrick Ramsey or the Houston Texans' Drew Henson.