Rumor: Eagles tell Chiefs Nick Foles is not available

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles have been saying publicly that they have no plans to trade 2nd year QB Nick Foles and according to a report from USA Today's Mike Garafolo, that's what they're saying privately as well.

Garafolo says that the Chiefs did approach the Eagles about the availability of Foles, but "no progress" was made on any talks because the Eagles reiterated that they are high on Foles and plan on having him compete with Michael Vick for the starting job this summer.

Related: Chip Kelly: I want to coach Nick Foles

"This is a young, talented player who didn't even have a chance to play with all our frontline guys on the offensive line or skill-position players," GM Howie Roseman said Thursday. "He's a talented guy. We just drafted him last year. I think this is a different situation than we've had the past couple years where we had quarterbacks."

Foles did finish with the 8th best completion percentage all time for rookies with a minimum of 6 starts and as Roseman said, he did so without largely without the likes of DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and all but one starter on the offensive line.

"We like the player, we like a lot of things about the player, he's a young player in the league and we're trying to accumulate good players," Roseman continued. "We're not in the business of trying to get rid of our good young players."

The only remotely sensible argument for trading Foles would be if Chip Kelly 100% is certain there's no way he can run the offense he wants with him. Having not even run a single drill with him yet, Kelly understandably isn't thinking that at this point.

"I wanna coach Nick (Foles)," he said. "I wanna spend time with him and see him. I've said it before, I was a big fan of the way he plays the game, his toughness, his ability to throw the ball very accurate."

Further, the organization hasn't really done would really make you think they are ready to move on from Foles. Michael Vick had his pay cut by more than half and all but one year chopped off his contract. Dennis Dixon was signed to league minimum futures contract... These moves hardly signal that the team is ready to move on from Foles.

All that said, anything can happen in the NFL and just because the Eagles are saying no now, doesn't mean they wouldn't change their tune if Andy Reid came back with an offer that really blew them away.

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