Friday, February 12, 2016

Eagles aren't trading Nick Foles

The Eagles have no plans to trade Nick Foles even though Michael Vick was named the team's starting quarterback on Tuesday, an NFL source said.

Eagles aren't trading Nick Foles

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles have no plans to trade Nick Foles even though Michael Vick was named the team's starting quarterback on Tuesday, an NFL source said.

Foles was asked if he wanted to be traded with the opportunity to start, but he said that he wanted to remain with the Eagles.

Considering Vick's injury past, there is a strong chance that Foles will play sometime this season. Vick missed 11 games in the last three years because of various injuries. He missed six games from 2010-11 because of rib injuries and missed five-plus games last season because of a concussion. He's suffered two concussions in the last two years.

Foles started six games for the injured Vick last season.The Eagles went 1-5 in those games. Foles completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He also threw five interceptions and had three fumbles.

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Now that Michael Vick has been named starting quarterback, should the Eagles trade Nick Foles?

The 24-year-old Foles has played well this preseason, although Vick clearly out-performed him in two games. Foles completed 11 of 14 passes for 96 yards. He tossed a costly interception last week against the Panthers when he tried to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone, but it came up short. Foles also ran three times for 23 yards and one touchdown.

The former third-round draft pick has value, although it is difficult to trade quarterbacks this late in the preseason. Foles would have to likely learn an entirely new offense if he was to go elsewhere and compete for a starting job.

Foles' future with the Eagles will depend upon, of course, Vick's performance this season, but also the development of rookie Matt Barkley.

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