Huskers' Martinez gets free-agent deal with NFL's Eagles

2014-05-11T17:45:00Z 2014-05-14T18:40:33Z Huskers' Martinez gets free-agent deal with NFL's EaglesBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE / Lincoln Journal Star

Taylor Martinez said recently he just wants to keep playing football.

He'll get that chance.

The former Nebraska standout quarterback on Sunday reportedly agreed to a three-year free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

It's unclear which position the Eagles want Martinez to play. He has said on several occasions he hoped to play quarterback in the NFL. He worked out at QB, receiver and defensive back at Nebraska's pro day in March.

If quarterback doesn't work out, he told the Journal Star recently, he would be open to playing wide receiver.

"I'd love to play quarterback," Martinez said. "I just want to play football. That's the main thing."

He said he played receiver "really well" on the Nebraska scout team during his redshirt season in 2009 against such standout defensive backs as Prince Amukamara, Larry Asante, Alfonzo Dennard and Eric Hagg.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Martinez, who missed all but four games this past season because of an injury to his left foot, began workouts in late January with Los Angeles-area quarterback guru Steve Calhoun. The two have worked extensively in previous seasons.

However, Martinez would seem to be a long shot to claim a regular-season roster spot as an Eagles quarterback, considering the franchise's current group of QBs includes Nick Foles, Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez, as well as G.J. Kinne.

A 43-game starter at Nebraska, and the school's career leader in total offense, Martinez didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Combine. He said his agent is Mississippi-based James "Bus" Cook, whose clients include Russell Wilson, Brett Favre, Calvin Johnson, Cam Newton, Randy Moss and Jay Cutler.

As a redshirt freshman at Nebraska, Martinez played with turf toe and a high-ankle sprain. But this past season was the hardest situation.

"I've dealt with a lot of pain (at Nebraska)," he has said. "A lot of kids never would've played through the pain I played in. I'm a tough kid and I played through a lot of stuff."

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