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From USA Today’s Mike Garafolo, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid would be interested in being reunited with Foles, assuming the second-year QB becomes available. However, league sources have told CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank that the Eagles have no plans to trade Foles, unless they’re blown away by an offer.
The Eagles have made quality deals in the past for their quarterbacks. Three times under Reid they traded a QB — Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb and A.J. Feeley — and each time they acquired a second-round pick. For Kolb, they also received cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and they also got a fourth-round pick in the McNabb deal.
Alex Smith was the first overall pick of 2005 draft, but struggled to find success in San Francisco until the 2011 season, when he led his team the NFC championship game under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers have dealt Smith to the Chiefs but that the deal cannot be officially completed until March 12, when the new league year begins.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles spoke this week about a possible trade involving Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, but no progress has been made toward a deal, according to a person informed of the talks between the teams.
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the conversations weren’t to be discussed publicly, said the Eagles conveyed to the Chiefs what they’ve been saying through the media – they like Foles and plan on giving him a chance to compete with Michael Vick for the starting job.
As San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was trying to sell reporters on the idea that the 49ers could keep quarterback Alex Smith, other members of his organization were quite clear about what is going to happen to Smith as they prepared to sign players.
Smith is going to get traded and probably sooner than later.
A year ago, the Cleveland Browns were able to steal away a Bengals defensive end in free agency because they were willing to pay much, much more money. That player, Frostee Rucker, received a five-year deal worth $20.5 million, and included a $5 million dollar signing bonus. Yet, two weeks ago, Rucker was cut by the Browns, who are moving to a 3-4 defense under their new head coach Rob Chudzinski.
According to ESPN Rumor Central Blogger Brent Sobleski, the Browns are at it again. This time, it’s Michael Johnson they’re after.
Johnson figures to hit big pay dirt this offseason, posting a career-high 11.5 sack season just before entering free agency. Johnson’s sack numbers, along with his freakish athleticism and length, have members of opposing fan bases drooling. He could project as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Browns. After all, the Bengals experimented with Michael Johnson at linebacker for two years.
The Bengals will need to work extremely hard to retain their two big name free agents, Michael Johnson and Andre Smith, and they may even need to use the franchise tag on one of them. The franchise tagging period began yesterday and extends until March 4.