We’ve already looked at some of the possible ramifications of the Eagles’ new deal with quarterback Michael Vick. Maybe Chip Kelly thinks he can revive Vick’s career with his offense. Maybe the Eagles don’t view Geno Smith, or any other quarterback in this draft class, as a viable long-term solution. Maybe he doesn’t view quarterback Nick Foles as a viable long-term solution.
In fact, it’s almost certain that Chip Kelly isn’t enamored with what he saw on tape of quarterback Nick Foles. Explains Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Daily News:
Vick has said he is not amenable to staying here as a backup. The Chipper, after reviewing 2012 film, must think a 33-year-old Vick is a better option for his offense than Foles, the bigger, slower-footed 2012 rookie. He must also think he isn’t getting his longterm franchise QB out of the 2013 draft. So he’s going to try to buy a year with Vick, see how it goes, and if disaster ensues, as it did for Andy Reid the past two seasons with Vick, then there’s the 2014 draft and a more promising quarterback crop.
Foles never seemed like a true fit in Kelly’s offense, but those hoping to move on from Vick were attaching their hopes to Foles as the way out.
Of course, one potential trade destination for Foles would be Kansas City. You may recall that former Eagles head coach Andy Reid drafted Foles in the third-round a year ago. With the Chiefs’ quarterback situation a complete mess, Reid may call the Eagles about acquiring a familiar face.
As for the draft, many draft experts have linked West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to the Eagles with the fourth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The reviews on Smith vary, but he’s widely regarded as the draft’s best option at quarterback. The problem for Smith and the Eagles is that the team has so many other pressing needs. On a team with so many gaping holes throughout its roster, players like Star Lotulelei, Dee Milliner, Jarvis Jones, and Luke Joeckel would all seem to be better fits.