Since Andy Reid assumed the helm of the Kansas City Chiefs, there have been questions on how the organization would move forward at their quarterback position. Theories ranging from staying the course, to selecting Geno Smith with the first overall pick have all been floated, but now a source has told USA Today that Reid could be looking to bring a familar face with him to Arrowhead Stadium — trading for Philadelphia Eagles‘ quarterback Nick Foles.
Drafted by Reid in 2012, there was belief that Foles could be the Eagles’ answer moving forward. However, with a regime change in Philadelpia a lot changed. Michael Vick was signed to a new contract, while free agent Dennis Dixon was signed on Thursday, a further indication that new head coach Chip Kelly is looking for mobile quarterbacks who are able to execute his high-powered offense.
According to the USA Today report, the Chiefs are looking to add a quarterback to their roster, and Foles’ name has been mentioned:
The Chiefs and new coach Andy Reid are interested in acquiring Foles if he becomes available, according to a person informed of the team’s thinking. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs haven’t discussed their thoughts publicly, said the team is working on plans to add a quarterback and considers Foles a possibility.
It’s not unusual for a head coach to want to bring in people they’ve worked with in the past, but in the case of Reid it’s slightly different. He controlled roster moves in Philadelphia, ostensibly making Foles ‘his guy’. With no clear-cut franchise quarterback available with the first overall pick, it increases the chance Kansas City will move in a different direction.
Playing in seven games as a rookie, Foles finished his season throwing for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions. His quarterback rating of 79.1 was third among rookies, finishing behind Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.
The Eagles have maintained that he is a part of their future plans at quarterback, which could make him unavailable. However, if Philadelphia prefer Vick, Dixon, or think they can find a better suited quarterback in the draft, it’s possible Foles will find a new home with a familiar face.
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