Perhaps the biggest name still on the board to start the 2013 NFL Draft’s third day was USC captain and quarterback Matt Barkley. He reportedly heard he wasn’t going to be on the board long and that turned out to be true as the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to get him with the 98th overall pick. But while this is great news for Barkley, the question becomes what will Chip Kelly do with the Eagles new third wheel Nick Foles?
There had been speculation as far back as Chip Kelly’s hiring in Philly that old Eagles coach and new Chiefs general Any Reid was interested in trading for Foles. Reid hand picked Foles while he was still with the Eagles and actually had some late season success with him under center. A last second win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sticks out, as does a near upset of the Washington Redskins, one that would have knocked them out of the playoffs.
But now that Reid is in Kansas City, the question is who will be the quarterback after Alex Smith is done there? Kansas City gave up a lot to get Smith, and it’s obvious after his situation in San Francisco that he’d be wildly uncomfortable if his new team acquired a young quarterback and put him in the exact Kaepernick-style conundrum he was in last season.
So, as Reverend Lovejoy of The Simpsons fame says, the short answer on Foles to the Eagles is no with a but, and the long answer is yes with a but.
Nevertheless, it’s going to be something that is floated out there and will be out there until something happens with Foles. It’s obvious that he won’t be the starter this year, but it’s also no certainty that he’ll be traded before the season starts. Chip Kelly is going to want to run every quarterback he can through his system before puling the plug on any of them, and Foles has no real trade value for this year’s draft so there is no rush to move him.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole noted that much like Mark Sanchez, Foles will be shopped, teams will make offers but no trades will be made until later this summer at the earliest.
Like Sanchez with NYJ, Foles stays for now. But expect several teams to express interest during offseason, TC.
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) April 27, 2013
It’s going to be interesting to see where Foles ends up, as he showed some real flashes of talent while with the Eagles. He could very well win the heart of Chip Kelly and become the starter that works best in this new system, but there is a lot of time between now and the time we get a definitive answer to that question, but don’t expect a trade just because other teams want Foles. The Eagles will play this the way they want and won’t settle for anything less than what they think they deserve.