The Chiefs are interested in signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night.
That news is timely and interesting, yet not surprising. The Rams cut Foles before camp, and the Cowboys losing backup quarterback Kellen Moore to injury means they have an immediate need for an experienced quarterback.
That helps Foles’ bargaining position, with the Cowboys and with other potential suitors. Though Schefter’s report is the first real link between Foles and the Chiefs, there probably would have been red flags had the Chiefs not shown some level of interest in Foles.
Foles was a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2012 and started six games that year, Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s last season with the Eagles. Behind starter Alex Smith the Chiefs have Aaron Murray, a third-year player who’s never played in a regular season game, rookie Kevin Hogan, and Tyler Bray, a former undrafted free agent who’s also never played in a game.
Foles, 27, probably figured he wouldn’t be unemployed for long even though the Rams couldn’t find a trade partner. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 with the Eagles before being traded before the 2015 season and having a disastrous season with the Rams last year.
For his career, Foles is a 60-percent passer with 53 touchdown passes vs. 27 interceptions, thanks mostly to his 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013.