Status quo: Eagles still unlikely to deal Foles

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Status quo: Eagles still unlikely to deal Foles

February 23, 2013, 6:30 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Although officials from the Eagles and Chiefs met this week during the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss Nick Foles’ availability, league sources said the two sides aren’t close to a deal and that the Eagles aren’t actively shopping the second-year quarterback.

Nothing has changed since last week’s USA Today report of Kansas City’s interest in acquiring Foles. The Eagles won’t deal him unless they’re blown away by Kansas City’s offer, which had reported last week.

There are obvious obstacles that would prevent the Eagles from moving Foles, starting with their own interest in keeping him to compete for the starting job.

The Chiefs, who have the No. 1 overall pick and several first or second picks in each round, almost certainly would want to deal for Foles before the NFL draft, which starts April 21.

But the Eagles want Foles to battle with Mike Vick this spring and summer as new coach Chip Kelly holds an open competition to decide the leader of his offense. Kelly on Thursday expressed his desire to coach Foles and said he hoped to have him around.

Foles could easily become trade bait closer to the start of the regular season if Vick or another quarterback emerged as Kelly’s choice, but the Chiefs likely want their quarterback situation ironed out in the next two months.

With the 49ers in position to deal Alex Smith and Seattle in the same position with Matt Flynn, and with Kansas City owning the top overall pick, the Chiefs would probably move on from Foles if they couldn’t work out a deal soon with the Eagles.

Foles makes the most sense for Kansas City given the Chiefs’ tenuous quarterback situation with the erratic Matt Cassel and coach Andy Reid’s connection to Foles. The former Eagles coach drafted Foles last year in the third round and turned the offense over to him after Vick struggled and then sustained a concussion that sidelined him for several weeks.

Foles went 1-5 in his six starts but he also averaged around 240 passing yards per game and completed more than 60 percent of his passes, a first for an NFL rookie quarterback. Foles is already familiar with Reid’s playbook and would be the lead horse to be Reid’s starter moving forward.

Although Kelly prefers a quarterback with mobility, he has continued to speak glowingly of Foles, a former Arizona quarterback who picked apart Kelly’s defenses at Oregon.

“I want to coach Nick,” he said. “I want to get a chance to spend time with him. I've said before, I'm a big fan of his, the way he plays the game, his toughness, his ability to throw the ball, very accurate. I want a chance to hopefully get him out on the practice field.”

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