The Philadelphia Eagles are sticking to their guns in keeping Nick Foles, despite also having Michael Vick and Dennis Dixon. The Eagles could trade Foles and limit their quarterback battle to Vick and Dixon, especially since they are better fits to Chip Kelly’s offensive style. Yet Philadelphia still wants to give Foles a shot to fit in, unless it is truly blown away by an offer.
According to the Associated Press’s Rob Maaddi on Feb. 15, it would take a first or second round draft pick for the Eagles to part with Foles in a trade. They already have the No. 4 pick in the draft, yet it may not make a difference with a relatively low rated draft class. As such, it might be a better option to stack up on picks and hope for the best.
No one has come forward with that kind of offer for Foles, although Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs allegedly have interest in him. The Chiefs have the No. 1 draft pick, but no quarterback is good enough this year to go No. 1, so they have to find a new quarterback in another way. Since they could barely score with either Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, the Chiefs could get desperate enough over time if they can’t find anyone else.
Yet NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling is convinced that the Eagles’ high price for Foles “doesn’t compute” especially since they have no real interest in dealing him right now. As he points out, they got two lesser draft picks from the Washington Redskins when they dealt Donovan McNabb in 2010. Therefore, asking for a first or second round pick for Foles is more ridiculous by comparison.
Given how the Eagles kept Vick in spite of his recent terrible play, and how they signed Dixon to a two-year deal from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, it doesn’t appear that they value Foles that highly. If they’d rather keep the risky Vick and sign the inexperienced Dixon than commit to Foles right now, why should other teams value him more highly?
If anyone does, then they will have to prove it by paying a high price. Since that appears unlikely at the moment, Foles may be stuck in Philadelphia as a long shot in a three-way competition.