Kansas City Chiefs Interested in Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIFebruary 14, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the first half against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly interested in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, according to an anonymous source who spoke to USA Today.

That's obviously because Andy Reid is the new head coach for the Chiefs and he understandably doesn't want to move forward with veteran Matt Cassel or former first-round draft pick Brady Quinn as his quarterback.

Foles is still a possibility to open the 2013 season as the starter for the Eagles, but his odds took a major hit when new head coach Chip Kelly re-signed veteran Michael Vick to a one-year deal.

Vick possesses great speed, something Kelly admires in quarterbacks. Foles, on the other hand, is one of the league's slowest quarterbacks. 

Another reason the Eagles may look to get rid of Foles is because the team signed former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon to a two-year deal. Dixon, 28, will almost certainly beat out veteran Trent Edwards for the third quarterback spot on the team's roster based on his experience running Kelly's offense in college. 

The Eagles may draft a quarterback in April, although it's unclear whether it will be a top pick or a middle-round pick. 

The obvious projection for the Eagles has Vick as the starter, a rookie as the backup and Dixon as the third quarterback.

That makes Foles expendable. In Kansas City, he would likely open the season as the starter, although it's also a possibility that the Chiefs, who have the top overall pick in this year's draft, select a quarterback.

Regardless, Foles would be a better fit in Kansas City than Philadelphia, especially since Reid has already spent a year developing him. 

In 2012, Foles made six starts for the Eagles, winning just one (on a walkoff touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He threw six touchdowns and five interceptions, including a streak of 169 consecutive passes without an interception. 

But he didn't have the luxury of playing with a large number of the starters on the Eagles' offense, including left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce, right tackle Todd Herremans and, for portions of the season, running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Brent Celek. 

Expect Reid and his new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who was the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia, to offer a mid-round draft pick for Foles. If it is a third-round pick, I think the Eagles would be wise to accept.