Minshew Mania is headed to the Midwest.
Former Eagles’ quarterback Gardner Minshew has come to terms with the Indianapolis Colts. The news was announced on Thursday, March 16.
— NFL (@NFL) March 16, 2023
GARDNER MINSHEW SIGNS WITH THE COLTS
After two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minshew’s time in midnight green has come to an end.
Originally acquired through a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minshew joined the Eagles in 2021. As a back-up, he made his first starting appearance when Jalen Hurts was injured in Week 13. Minshew had a stellar performance, completing 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite trying and being shot down for the starting role soon after, he started once more in Week 15. He finished the season with 439 yards for four touchdowns and a 104.8 quarterback rating.
Returning in 2022, he started in another two games while Hurts was out which an injury — in both games the Eagles lost. Minshew Mania came to an end after Hurts returned in Week 18, pulling out a win and locking in the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
As one of 20 free agents in Philadelphia, Minshew came to terms with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday. The contract is a one-year deal worth $3.5 million fully guaranteed. The quarterback can earn up to $5.5 million with incentives.
Minshew’s arrival in Indy will place him back in the hands of Shane Steichen — the Colts’ new rookie head coach. Yesterday, the Colts released veteran Matt Ryan after one year. The team currently has veteran (and former Eagles’ player) Nick Foles, and third-year Sam Ehlinger. There is no word on which quarterback will start or if Indy will continue to look for another player to add to their roster.
Gardner Minshew’s departure to the Colts landed another compensatory pick for the Eagles in the 2023 NFL Draft. Philadelphia now has seven after their free agents have signed with other teams.