Report: Texans interested in trading for Eagles QB Foles
It’s no secret the Houston Texans are in need of an upgrade at the quarterback position.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career in question as he recovers from a broken leg suffered in a Week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and Ryan Mallett heading to the free agent market; the Texans may be looking to make a trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, according to NJ.com.
The Texans are reportedly one of several teams interested in Foles, two others being the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. The Titans currently hold the No. 2 pick in the draft and could be after a top quarterback there; the Rams have Sam Bradford, but could be looking to make a change as he is owed a base salary of $13 million and has yet to live up to expectations since he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Foles had an injury-plagued 2014 season as he missed the last eight games due to a broken collarbone suffered in Week 9 in Houston. The Texans could bring back Mallett as a free agent, who was shelved for the season with a torn pectoral muscle after being named the starter two weeks prior to the injury. While Mallett showed promise in a Week 11 win over the Cleveland Browns, one game may not convince the Texans enough to commit to the quarterback longterm. Foles, however is an accomplished starter, and could help get the Texans over the hump back to the playoffs quickly.
While the Foles-to-Houston talks are intriguing, the quarterback was careful to note they are just rumors at this point while speaking with reporters in Arizona leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.
"Yeah you hear about it," Foles said of the trade rumors, according to NJ.com. "You are going to hear about it every single year. That’s just part of it. The main word is ‘rumor.’ You can’t put too much into it… I plan on being in Philly."
Foles’ possible move from Philadelphia may come as a surprise to many due to him posting such lofty numbers just one year prior to the 2014 injury-shortened season where the quarterback threw 10 interceptions in eight games played. In 2013, Foles threw 27 touchdowns, with only two interceptions to lead the Eagles to the playoffs.
With the trade market rumblings in full force, Foles said he hasn’t heard from Eagles head coach Chip Kelly since the end of the season.
"We haven’t talked a lot. He has a lot going on," Foles said. "This time of year you really just get away from everything. He is busy looking at the draft, doing all that. I saw he is more of the decisions maker. Haven’t really talked to him too much, but I’m sure I’ll hear from him soon."
Foles has been the strongest rumor to date, but the Texans could also be looking to other teams to make a quarterback trade. Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Jay Cutler are in the mix, but could be considered long shots to come to Houston. Notable quarterback free agents Brian Hoyer, Mark Sanchez and Christian Ponder could also be considered in addition to Mallett.
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