Nick Foles Trade Rumors: Chiefs Interested in Eagles Quarterback

Jeremy Sickel@ IIIFebruary 14, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the first half against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Kansas City Chiefs would be interested in acquiring quarterback Nick Foles if he was made available via trade by the Philadelphia Eagles.

New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had his hands in drafting Foles last year out of the University of Arizona while with the Eagles, so the connection is certainly plausible.

In seven games under Reid, Foles threw for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. Those are not amazing numbers, but a huge upgrade over what the Chiefs got out of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn last year (2,937 yards, eight touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 16 games).

Kansas City is almost forced to look at options other than the draft for its next quarterback due to a perceived lack of top-end talent at the college level.

While there could be other names available—Alex Smith and Matt Flynn, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, respectively—Foles would come at a much lesser cost in terms of salary and compensation in a potential trade.

Reid and new offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson (also formerly of the Eagles), bring to Kansas City their version of the West Coast offense. Foles’ skill set certainly matches up with expectations, and the quarterback has a year working under the system.

New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly reunited with Dennis Dixon on Thursday, as the former Oregon Duck and current Philadelphia coach agreed to a two-year contract (also via Garafolo).

With Michael Vick having already restructured his contract to stay with the Eagles—coupled with Kelly’s relationship with Dixon—Foles could be the odd man out in Philly.

While having options at quarterback is a plus in the NFL, having too many around can also create tension. Should the Eagles decide to cut bait on Foles after just one season, Kansas City would be a likely landing spot for the young signal-caller.


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