The Eagles this week restructured the contract of Michael Vick and signed former Ravens backup Dennis Dixon to a two-year deal, yet, according to the Associated Press, second-year QB Nick Foles isn't considered trade bait — at least for the time being.
A person familiar with the Eagles' thinking told the AP that new head coach Chip Kelly and the front office "haven't discussed trading Foles with any team," and it may take a significant offer for that conversation to begin.
The AP's source added that the Eagles "absolutely" believe his value is higher than the third-rounder the Eagles spent on Foles last April.
Foles, 24, started six games during his rookie season in 2012, tossing six TDs vs. five INTs and registering a passer rating of 79.1. Foles received what was essentially an extended audition after Vick was injured in November. Vick, meanwhile, turned the ball over 15 times in just 10 starts. The dual-threat QB has started all 16 games only once during his 10-year career.
After being fired by the Eagles on "Black Monday," Reid was hired by the Chiefs, prompting immediate speculation that he would pursue Foles, who he was instrumental in bringing to Philadelphia, to become the starter in Kansas City. Reid's replacement, Kelly, brings a fast-paced, zone-read offense that would seem to suit Vick's skill set — making plays outside the pocket and threatening defenses with his speed — more than Foles', a classic dropback passer.
However, Kelly stated soon after his arrival from Oregon that he is intrigued by Foles' abilities.
"There is a skill set that Nick has that really excites me about him," said Kelly of the 6-6, 243-pound Arizona product, according to the Associated Press.
"There is an open competition," he added. "Michael knows that. Nick knows that. Nick knew every step of the way what we were doing. I wanted to make sure Nick was included in the plans, and I think both of them have outstanding qualities in terms of being quarterbacks in this league. Both of them have started in this league."
As for Dixon, who played his college ball under Kelly at Oregon, it appears, for now at least, he was signed mainly as an insurance plan, with Foles and Vick getting the first crack at the starting job.
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