Foles Denies Spiking Trade
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - If the Eagles did turn down a significant trade offer from the Cleveland Browns for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, it wasn't at the quarterback's request.
“The first time I’ve heard about [the trade] was when I got text messages asking if it was true," Foles said at his locker after practice on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex. "That was the first time I had heard about it, so it never got to a discussion with me. And at the end of it, I’m just a player. I don’t decide anything.”
The Browns reportedly offered the 35th overall pick in April's draft for Foles, according to NFL Media.
Previously both Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have said they would discuss any potential move with Foles although that was hardly a confirmation that they would turn down an offer they liked if Foles was unhappy about it.
Roseman has said that he would like a Sam Bradford-level return for Foles, something that starts with a first-round pick so the most likely scenario here is that the Eagles got the offer and turned their nose up at it without even bringing it to Foles.
“There wasn’t any discussions on the trades,” Foles said. “Howie said what he wanted for me. And I just said if it ever comes to a point where you want to have a discussion, if there was something he was interested in, we would sit down and talk about it. But that never came to be."
Since the reported trade offer the Eagles have reworked Foles' contract for 2018 giving him the opportunity to earn significant incentives if he is forced to play.
Starting quarterback Carson Wentz continues to rehab after surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL and again worked in individual drills during OTAs on Tuesday.
Foles handled the first-team work in team drills with Nate Sudfeld and South Jersey native Joe Callahan mixing in.
“I’m not the GM of the team,” Foles said. “I have a great relationship with Howie to where if something did happen, we could have a discussion. But at the end of the day, he gets to decide. I’m just a player. But, I’m a grateful player for being [in Philadelphia].”
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