Friday, February 15, 2013
Buzz on Reid-Foles reunion
By Tim Kavanagh
The speculation over the potential availability of Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles has gone a layer deeper, in that many have also speculated on which teams are interested, based upon need and a possible connection to him. That has generated a lot of talk that perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs -- who employ former Eagles HC Andy Reid -- are one of the teams that would push to acquire the Arizona product were the Eagles to make him available.
Until Thursday, it was just that: logical speculation. But there's a little more meat to it now. Citing a person informed of the team's thinking, Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Chiefs are interested in acquiring Foles if he's put on the proverbial trading block.
That's a significant "if" at this point. According to a report from CSN Philadelphia (via Pro Football Talk), the Eagles have "no plans to trade Foles" unless they are "blown away with an offer."
The Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick, which is not going to be dealt to Philly for Foles. The Chiefs also have the No. 34 overall pick (second pick of the second round, as they alternate with Jacksonville), and a high second-rounder has been mentioned as what the Eagles should hold out for in trade talks. Another possibility: the two teams could exchange picks in the same round as part of the deal. In the first round, this would move Philly from No. 4 to No. 1 overall, guaranteeing them any player they want to help revamp their defense or offensive line: OT Luke Joeckel, DT Star Lotulelei, etc.
That may sound great for Philly, but Reid will have to believe that Foles is definitely the answer in order to make such a swap worth his while. It's unclear whether he's that high on the QB.