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Eagles Give Raiders Hoying


The Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday traded former starting quarterback Bobby Hoying to the Oakland Raiders for a late-round choice in the 2000 draft, SportsLine has confirmed.

Hoying was the Eagles' third-round pick in 1996 and in three years with the club started 13 games. At one point he was viewed as the franchise's quarterback of the future and seemed to be groomed for that role in 1997, when he started six games at the end of the season. He opened the '98 campaign as the starter but he was ineffective and eventually was replaced.

"Andy (Reid, Eagles rookie coach) did the right thing by him," agent Eric Metz told SportsLine. "I think that because Bobby tried to make the best of the situation, and didn't make a lot of waves, they felt they need to do right by him. Going to the Raiders, getting to work with (coach) Jon Gruden, is a good deal."

The former Ohio State star is expected to see limited action on Monday night, when the Raiders face San Francisco is a preseason game. For his career, Hoying, 26, has 224 completions in 449 attempts for 2,534 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In exchange, the Eagles will receive a sixth-round pick in 2000 which could escalate to a fifth-rounder based on Hoying's playing time.

The Raiders have been attempting for the past two weeks to upgrade the backup quarterback position. Last week they signed free agent Paul Justin as a backup to starter Rich Gannon.

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