Matt McGloin has landed close to home.
On Monday, the former West Scranton, Penn State and Oakland Raiders quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
McGloin, 27, is entering his fifth season in the National Football League and will be part of a quarterback group that includes Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, who signed a two-year deal with the Eagles earlier this offseason.
“This is absolutely incredible having grown up two hours from Philadelphia and to now be an Eagle is truly unbelievable,” McGloin said. “To see how far this journey has gone and to land in Philadelphia, I am extremely excited and proud.
“I am really happy the Philadelphia Eagles organization is giving me an opportunity to play football. And with my family and friends in Scranton, I know they will be at games and supporting me and that will be great.”
During his NFL career, McGloin, a former all-state player at West Scranton and inspirational walk-on success story, played in 14 games with seven starts while in Oakland. He’s thrown for 1,868 yards and 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and has a passer rating of 75.3.
Last season, he served as the backup to Derek Carr, who was injured with a broken fibula in the Raiders win over Indianapolis in Week 16. McGloin started the regular-season finale against Denver, however also suffered an injury to his left shoulder and was replaced by Connor Cook, who was a rookie, fourth-round pick of the Raiders.
McGloin became an unrestricted free agent after the season and chose not to stay in Oakland.
“As exciting as the unrestricted free agent process is, it can be equally frustrating,” McGloin said. “Being in Oakland for four seasons was a great experience. That is something you can’t teach. As a quarterback to be able to play and learn each and every day, it’s just a great opportunity. It’s something I will continue to do. I want to grow as a player and keep learning.
“I am ready to embrace the grind.”
McGloin, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, joins Wentz, who is coming off a rookie season where he threw for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in head coach Doug Pederson’s first season.
The Eagles started the season 3-0, but finished 4-9.
Foles, who is entering his sixth NFL season and spent three years with the Eagles at the start of his career. He has thrown for 9,215 yards and 56 touchdowns in his carer and played in three games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season.
“This just seemed like the right spot for me,” McGloin said. “I am excited to learn from this coaching staff and to be in that quarterback room. I am still a relatively young quarterback. I want to do everything I can to help this team win.
“I want to compete every day, work hard in the weight room and be the best teammate and quarterback I can be. That is the opportunity I wanted. I am going to make the most of my reps and get better on a daily basis.”