Early Tuesday afternoon, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly finally announced that Michael Vick has been named the team’s starting quarterback. Kelly went on to hint that Vick would be the starter for the duration of the season and that he would not be on a short leash, so there was some speculation that the Eagles could look to trade backup Nick Foles — especially after spending a premium draft pick on Matt Barkley in the 2013 NFL Draft.
However, it looks like the Eagles will be content rolling in to the season with three quarterbacks on the roster and they will not entertain any of the Nick Foles trade talk.
Fans may want to see the Eagles move Vick and pick up an extra draft pick, but when you consider how he has been injury prone over the past few seasons it makes the most sense for the team to keep a capable backup like Foles on the roster.
With Kelly’s uptempo offense and Vick’s love for scrambling, he could be at risk of an injury more than your average quarterback.
Since that is the case, the Eagles are making the right move by hanging on to Foles for the foreseeable future — at least until Barkley is ready to be put on the field in regular season action.