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:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
The #Eagles and QB Nick Foles agreed to terms on a $2M raise for 2018, source said, but he can earn much more. Foles can make up to $14M total in playtime, playoffs and Pro Bowl incentives. ... He’s been paid a $3M roster bonus & signing bonus of $2M. He will make a $4M salary.
That deal also included a mutual option for 2019:
Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
Also, here’s how the “mutual option” for Foles works: The Eagles can pick up his 2019 salary ($20m). However, he can buy his way to free agency by giving back the $2m signing bonus he just received. Details are via an objective observer who viewed the deal: “Creative. I like it.”
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."