With the Philadelphia Eagles trading up to grab USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the 2013 NFL draft, quarterback Nick Foles may well have taken his last snap.
Foles played a number of times during 2012 as a replacement for the injured Michael Vick, but with Vick healthy and one of the more intriguing quarterback prospects now on their books in Barkley, Foles' career with the Eagles may well be over.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport commented on the situation:
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The #Eagles traded a 7th rounder to the #Jags for the right to select… Matt Barkley. 98th overall.2013-4-27 16:06:35
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What does this mean for Nick Foles? And Dennis Dixon? Eagles collecting QBs, but what do they do with all of them? #Barkley2013-4-27 16:10:17
Rapoport also went on to to link the quarterback with a possible move to Kansas City, which has been interested in signing him previously this offseason.
According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, the Eagles now have five quarterbacks heading into pre-season camp—Vick, Foles, Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne.
Perhaps even more mind-boggling is the comments made by coach Chip Kelly, who stated that there was "no reason not to go to camp" despite the quarterback logjam.
There's no doubting that Barkley is a great pick for Philly, and there's little doubting that they would want to continue with Vick under center for a little while.
Last year, however, Foles was the guy they turned to when Vick was unavailable or unwanted. Surely now with Barkley in the mix, they will ignore the 24-year-old and turn to their younger prospect, who was once rated as the best college quarterback in the country?
#USC QB Matt Barkley: ``I'm going to remember this weekend for a long time and so are the teams that didn't draft me.''2013-4-27 17:22:25
It's hard to see the Eagles keeping all five quarterbacks in their squad this year and it's incredibly difficult to see them keeping three that could all play.
Foles represents a nice backup option for a number of teams this season and is already starting to hear his name linked to other clubs.
Perhaps Kelly's mind will have changed now that he has another backup.
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Have to wonder about Nick Foles in Philly now. But don't forget this is just a fourth round pick.2013-4-27 16:14:50
Head coach Andy Reid knows Foles from his time in Philly and so it seems like a logical move to connect, but is it worth it for both teams in reality?
You'd still have to say yes.
Foles isn't going to get any substantial playing time behind Vick. Unless he stars in preseason training, Barkley will likely become No. 2 on the depth chart. If that happens, Foles will play nothing other than a very minor role in 2013.
The Chiefs need a quarterback and there aren't that many out there who have shown they can win NFL games.
Foles might have some inconsistencies, but he's proven that he can find ways to win games without the greatest offense around him, which could make a move appealing for Kansas City.
Philadelphia would surely take any substantial offer for Foles, for it's not like they're going to miss him on their squad at all. They've got Barkley to fill that role now.
A preseason exit almost seems inevitable for Foles. The only question that remains is whether he'll end up with his former coach, or somewhere else altogether.
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