INDIANAPOLIS -- Talks between the Eagles and Chiefs about Nick Foles are reportedly heating up again.
The two teams met this week at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss a potential deal that would send the second-year quarterback to Kansas City and reunite him with Andy Reid, according to a USA Today report citing a person informed of the talks. The story also said no progress toward a deal was made.
Last week, when a USA Today report surfaced that the Chiefs would be interested in dealing for Foles, CSNPhilly.com reported from league sources that the Eagles felt strongly about the quarterback’s potential and would only be willing to deal if they were blown away by an offer.
Perhaps the Chiefs are in the process of wowing the Eagles enough to complete a deal. Kansas City has the the first-overall pick, along with the 34th and 63rd. The Chiefs also have either the first or second pick in Rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7.
It would be reasonable to assume that any trade between the Eagles and Chiefs would involve draft picks and need to be executed before the NFL draft, which starts April 21.
On Thursday, in his podium interview at the Combine, Eagles coach Chip Kelly gave his strongest endorsement yet of Foles, telling the media that he wanted to coach the second-year quarterback and calling himself “a big fan.”
“I want to get a chance to spend time with him,” Kelly said. “I've said before, I'm a big fan of his, the way he plays the game, his toughness, his ability to throw the ball, very accurate. I want a chance to hopefully get him out on the practice field."
But he later added that he’s on board with any decision that would upgrade the roster or serve the team’s best interest.
"I don't know about [draft] picks,” Kelly said “I never heard any of that, but I think anybody that's up here as a head coach, if you would ask them, ‘Would you entertain any position on your team?’ You're always going to listen, but that doesn't mean anything."
Reid on Thursday was asked about his interest in attaining Foles, but suggested that a deal was very unlikely to take place.
"He's not available,” the former Eagles coach said. “Listen, Nick is the property of the Philadelphia Eagles, and I think they like him."