Nick Foles Says He Never Discussed Possible Browns Trade with Eagles

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in action against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Philadelphia won the game 41-33.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Last week, Mike Silver of NFL.com reported that the Philadelphia Eagles turned down a trade offer that would have sent quarterback Nick Foles to the Cleveland Browns for the 35th overall pick after consulting with Foles, who preferred to remain with the Eagles. 

But on Tuesday, Foles denied the report.

"The first time I've heard about it was when I got text messages asking if it was true, and that was the first time I had heard about it, so it never got to a discussion with me," he told Zach Berman of Philly.com. "And at the end of it, I'm just a player. I don't decide anything, if it was true or not."

Foles continued: "There wasn't any discussions on the trades. [General manager Howie Roseman] said what he wanted for me. And I just said if it ever comes to a point where you want to have a discussion, if there was something he was interested in, we would sit down and talk about it. But that never came to be. And I'm here and I'm excited to be here."

Foles, 29, was the hero of the Eagles run to a title last year, taking over as the starting quarterback for Carson Wentz in December after Wentz tore his ACL. Foles was superb in the Super Bowl, throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while also catching a touchdown pass on one of the most memorable gadget plays in Super Bowl history.

His future with the Eagles was cast into doubt this offseason, however, with Wentz set to eventually return from injury this season and regain his starting position. For as good as Foles was in the NFC Championship Game (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and Super Bowl, Wentz was arguably the MVP frontrunner before his injury, throwing for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games.

Ultimately, the Eagles and Foles reworked his deal in April: 

That deal also included a mutual option for 2019: 

Surely, the Eagles received interest in Foles after his excellent postseason, though, especially from teams like the Browns looking to add a bridge starter while they groom a young signal-caller. In the Browns' case, the future is No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, and they ultimately added Tyrod Taylor, ostensibly to serve the bridge starter purpose.

And as Foles noted, if the Eagles had desired to do that reported deal, it would have been out of his hands anyway.

"At the end of the day, I'm not the general manager of the team," he said. "I have a great relationship with Howie to where if something did happen, we could have a discussion. But at the end of the day, he gets to decide. I'm just a player. But I'm a grateful player for being here."

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