Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Should the Eagles trade Foles?
By Tim Kavanagh
With the news on Monday that the Philadelphia Eagles had negotiated a new deal with Michael Vick to keep him with the club in 2013, it came with the caveat that there was no guarantee Vick would be the starter this fall. Vick will compete with fellow incumbent Nick Foles and anyone else the club elects to acquire between now and training camp. But will Foles himself even be there?
That was the line of speculation from Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7 on Tuesday. The scribe wonders whether the Eagles would be better-served having two similar QBs competing for work, and running the offense in Chip Kelly's high-tempo practices. Such an option is available in the form of Dennis Dixon, who played for Kelly at Oregon. Perhaps more important is maximizing the value of a commodity for which the current coaching staff may not have much use.
"Fielding trade inquiries about Foles is absolutely an option for this organization," Kapadia writes. "Given the lack of choices on the market, he might have some suitors. Don't get carried away. The Eagles aren't going to get a first- or second-round pick for him. But perhaps a mid-round selection or a conditional pick? That's possible."
As we know, there are several teams believed to be looking for another QB option this offseason, including Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City and the Jets. Whether they're enticed by Foles at a price that Philly deems fair remains to be seen.
If Foles is traded, the Eagles can go forward with Vick and Co. in 2013, and if things don't work out, hit the market again in 2014, either in the draft, free agency or trade. And if Foles is gone, there's nothing stopping the Eagles from using a mid-round pick in this year's draft on a different developmental QB that may be more of a fit for Kelly's scheme.