Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid already has eyes on his team's quarterback of the future and it's an awfully familiar face. According to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, the Chiefs have interest in trading for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles if he becomes available:
The Chiefs and new coach Andy Reid are interested in acquiring Foles if he becomes available, according to a person informed of the team's thinking. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs haven't discussed their thoughts publicly, said the team is working on plans to add a quarterback and considers Foles a possibility.
As of now, there have been no reports that the Eagles are interested in moving Foles, their third-round pick from 2012. However, Philadelphia's moves at the position since Chip Kelly has taken over as head coach seem to put Foles' place with the franchise very much in question.
UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, at 2:05 p.m. EST by Tyler Conway
If Reid wants to bring Foles to Kansas City, it's going to cost him big time. According to an Associated Press report, the Eagles have not discussed trading Foles, but would need a pick in the first two rounds to even give it a second thought:
Despite restructuring Michael Vick's contract and signing Dennis Dixon, the Philadelphia Eagles aren't shopping quarterback Nick Foles and would want a first- or second-round pick to even consider it, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press on Friday.
Foles was a third-round pick by the Eagles in 2012, so they would essentially be looking for a full round upgrade to trade him. The Chiefs may theoretically like the idea of bringing in Foles, but this report makes it seem highly unlikely anything will get done in the interim.
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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, at 8:15 a.m. EST by Sam Westmoreland
While the Chiefs may be interested in trading for Foles, a CSN Philadelphia report states that the Eagles aren't currently shopping him.
However, league sources have told CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank that the Eagles have no plans to trade Foles, unless they're blown away by an offer.
In fact, not only are the Eagles not interested in trading Foles right now, the report states that he'll compete with Michael Vick for the starting gig next year. Of course, just because they're not looking to deal the second-year QB now doesn't mean they won't be more amiable to trading him later in the offseason, or once the quarterback competition is settled. Stay tuned here, but for now don't expect any movement.
The Eagles signed Dennis Dixon, who spent last season on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, to a two-year contract on Thursday, per an ESPN report. The move reunites Dixon with Kelly, who was the offensive coordinator with the Oregon Ducks during the signal-caller's time at the school.
That move comes just days after the man Foles replaced in 2012, Michael Vick, re-upped in Philadelphia for the 2013 season. Vick signed a one-year deal worth up to $10 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, and the contract has language that seems to point toward the 32-year-old being the starter next year.
With both Vick and Dixon being far better fits for Kelly's offense, which heavily utilizes the read-option play, it stands to reason that Foles could be had for the right price.
Are the Chiefs better off trading for Nick Foles or taking a QB with the No. 1 pick?
Based on the faith Reid showed in the former Arizona star in 2012, he might be willing to pay the Eagles a pretty penny for Foles' services. Foles started seven of the Eagles' last eight games last season, throwing for 1,699 yards and six touchdowns against five interceptions. Philadelphia went 1-6 in Foles' starts en route to a 4-12 finish that led to Reid's dismissal as head coach.
Nevertheless, Reid seems undeterred by the Eagles' descent with Foles in the lineup. And with the Chiefs undoubtedly looking to replace the Matt Cassel-Brady Quinn combination in 2013, Foles could be their best option.
The only thing left is to make a call to see whether the Eagles are actually interested in making a deal with their old ball coach.