The Philadelphia Eagles have two seemingly prototypical Chip Kelly quarterbacks in Michael Vick and Dennis Dixon. Given this accepted wisdom, Nick Foles will forever be seen as the Eagles’ odd man out until he proves otherwise. Yet Foles not only has to live this down, but also live down constant rumors that he will be traded -- particularly back to Andy Reid.
USA TODAY reported on Feb. 23 that Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs inquired the Eagles about a trade for Foles. However, it also reports that “no progress has been made” for a deal. Nevertheless, these rumors appear unlikely to go away for some time, at least until the Chiefs choose another starting quarterback or Foles arrives at the Eagles’ training camp.
These are two combined examples of lazy thinking, as everyone assumes Foles will never fit into Kelly’s offense and that Reid is fixated on him just because they’ve worked together. Even if the Eagles have no room for him, they need their options open in case Vick can’t redeem himself and Dixon can’t contribute. In addition, the best way for Reid to start over in Kansas City may not be to use someone from his final weeks in Philadelphia.
In any case, USA TODAY alleged that Foles isn’t on the market for anyone right now. If the Eagles are going to part with him, they will want some real compensation. The Chiefs are desperate to find a new starting quarterback, especially since they will likely release Matt Cassel soon, but they may not be that desperate.
The market for Foles may not be strong enough for the Eagles to get much for him right now. The alternative is to put him in a three-man competition with Vick and Dixon, which Foles may be a long shot to win. Nevertheless, that seems like the most likely option for Philadelphia.
Yet the mere presence of Reid in Kansas City keeps a trade for Foles within possibility, at least in some circles. Even though the Chiefs and Eagles haven’t gotten anywhere with such a deal yet, according to USA TODAY, it still looks too easy for everyone to completely dismiss.