Philadelphia Eagles Have No Choice but to Trade Nick Foles

Cody SwartzSenior Writer IFebruary 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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When the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to be their new head coach, it all but ended the Nick Foles era in Philly.

Kelly runs an explosive, high-powered speed offense predicated on quarterbacks with the ability to run. The team wasted no time in re-signing Michael Vick to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million in incentives, while also reaching out to former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Many mock drafts have predicted the Eagles will draft either West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Florida State’s EJ Manuel. Both are athletic, mobile quarterbacks that could become the future of the franchise if given the proper coaching and surrounding weapons.

For the Eagles, that means Foles becomes the odd man out.

He had a fine rookie season, throwing six touchdowns to five interceptions. He won just one of his starts but showed poise in the pocket and the confidence to potentially be the leader of this team. And his one win was a tremendous last-second comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included a pair of fourth-down conversions.

But it’s difficult to envision Foles succeeding in Kelly’s offense. The team can’t run Kelly’s offense in practice with Vick and Dixon for the first and third teams, but use a conventional offense with Foles and the second team. That’s not Kelly’s brand of football.

The logical choice all along seemed to be Foles heading to join Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

And then reports surfaced that Reid is interested in acquiring his former quarterback to play for the Chiefs.

There is no clear-cut quarterback that can be taken first overall, so Foles would make sense for Reid. The Eagles picked him in the third round with the 88th overall selection. It’s doubtful the Eagles could get the Chiefs’ third-round pick (63rd overall), so maybe a fourth- (97th pick) and a sixth-round pick would suffice.

Reid considers himself a quarterback guru, and he made good progress with Foles in 2012. Reid and his offensive coordinator Doug Pederson really like Foles, and they have a solid offense to work with. Jamaal Charles is a playmaker at running back. The offensive line is young and could see a big boost if they select Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel first overall.

Either way, it just doesn’t seem likely that the Eagles can continue with Foles on their roster.