In a week where the Philadelphia Eagles made Michael Vick’s contract more salary cap-friendly and signed reserve Dennis Dixon, a new report has surfaced that the Eagles may not be done tinkering with their quarterbacks under new head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles could potentially trade Nick Foles to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to USA Today.
A potential deal with Kansas City would reunite Foles with his former head coach. Andy Reid joined the Chiefs a week after the Eagles let him go, and was responsible for selecting Foles out of Arizona in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs were last in total passing offense last season, with veterans Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn struggling with injuries and inconsistent play. Since 2009, Kansas City hasn’t ranked higher than 25th in passing.
Foles started six games for the Eagles in his rookie season, completing nearly 61 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and five interceptions, while Vick was mired with injuries. At times, Foles looked like a strong contender to begin the 2013 season as the Eagles' starter.
But on Monday the Eagles signed Vick to a one-year incentive-laden deal that could be worth $10 million. The Eagles were debating on whether or not they would keep Vick, with Foles's future playing a major part in the decision.
The Chiefs have not expressed their interest in Foles directly to Philadelphia management, according to USA Today. The Eagles have plenty of time to make a deal with the Chiefs or another club, and the addition of Dixon seems to strengthen the chances of Foles moving on from Philadelphia.
Kelly was the offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks in 2007 when Dixon was a senior, and helped the running quarterback earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors with 2,136 passing yards and 20 touchdowns, and 583 rushing yards and nine scores.
Kelly’s hurry-up offense requires a run-first quarterback, a habit Vick’s previous coaches have tried to break and turn him into a pocket passer. Both Vick and Dixon should be well-suited to Kelly’s new schemes, while Foles is more of a traditional quarterback.