From Comcast SportsNetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles aren't considering trading quarterback Nick Foles at all, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press on Friday.Despite restructuring Michael Vick's contract and signing Dennis Dixon, the Eagles haven't been shopping Foles and it may take a significant offer to get them to even think about it.The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Eagles won't publicly discuss trade rumors, said new coach Chip Kelly and the front-office brass "haven't discussed trading Foles with any team."Foles was selected in the third round with the 88th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Eagles "absolutely" rate his value higher than that because of his success as a rookie, the person said.Foles replaced an injured Vick last November and started six games, going 1-5 on a team that finished 4-12.He completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.When the season ended, it appeared Foles was poised to be the team's No. 1 quarterback going forward and Vick was heading elsewhere. But after Kelly was hired to replace Andy Reid, Foles' future in Philadelphia became questionable.Foles is a classic, dropback passer who doesn't possess the speed or mobility to fit into the up-tempo offense Kelly successfully ran at Oregon. But Kelly insists there's more than one way to run his offense and he'll work his system around his personnel. After all, New England coach Bill Belichick borrowed from Kelly's offensive philosophy and Tom Brady is purely a pocket passer."I don't think what we do offensively can be said in one or two words that we're either this or we're this," Kelly said. "There is a skill set that Nick has that really excites me about him."The decision to keep Vick at a much lower salary seemed to indicate he'd be the front-runner, but there's no guarantee the Eagles won't trade or release him if Foles outperforms him this spring and summer.Kelly plans to have Vick and Foles compete for the starting job in training camp. Dixon, signed off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad this week, played for Kelly at Oregon and is quite familiar with his read-zone offense. But Dixon has started just three games in five seasons in the NFL and he isn't even a lock to make the roster."There is an open competition," Kelly said. "Michael knows that. Nick knows that. Nick knew every step of the way what we were doing. I wanted to make sure Nick was included in the plans, and I think both of them have outstanding qualities in terms of being quarterbacks in this league. Both of them have started in this league."Should the Eagles decide to deal Foles, the Kansas City Chiefs are considered a logical destination because Reid drafted and groomed him last year. The Chiefs also have uncertainty at the position and aren't likely going to keep Matt Cassell.Though Reid was fired by the Eagles after 14 seasons, he left on great terms and still maintains an excellent relationship with team executives. The Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick in a draft that doesn't appear to have a franchise quarterback worthy of that choice. They also have the 34th and 63rd picks in the second and third rounds.Maybe that's what it would take to get the Eagles to think about moving Foles. For now, though, he's not going anywhere.
BOSTON -- On the list of Red Sox problems, finding a platoon partner for Mitch Moreland at first base isn't high on the list. But the others -- third base, fifth starter -- aren't solvable at the moment, so the Sox turned to one they think they can solve.
Today they recalled Sam Travis from Pawtucket, most likely to provide relief for Moreland against left-handed pitching. Travis' path to the majors was delayed by a knee injury that cost him a good chunk of the 2016 season -- otherwise, odds are good he'd have been here by now -- but he signaled his readiness by recovering from a 5-for-36 start with a sizzling .344 average in 90 at-bats since April 22 that includes six doubles and three home runs. His OPS in that span is .909.
Most importantly, Travis crushes left-handed pitching. He's hit .358 (93-for-260) against them in his professional career, and is .414 (12-for-29) against them this year.
Hector Velázquez was sent back to the PawSox to make room for Travis, ensuring another roster move later this week. After Kyle Kendrick's failed attempt to take control of the fifth spot in the starting rotation, Velázquez was called up and given a shot in Oakland last Thursday night. He allowed six earned runs over five innings, failing the test. And thus the search for a fifth starter -- at least until David Price returns -- continues.
Price will make a rehab start in Pawtucket tomorrow and could return to Boston after that, but the Sox will need a pitcher for Saturday's game against Seattle. Even if Price is cleared to return to Boston, he won't be able to pitch Saturday on two days' rest.
Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday that the NFL would ease off its restrictions on touchdown celebrations going forward.
"Just as NFL teams use the offseason to get better, at the league we use this time to listen to players, coaches, officials and fans about how we can continue to improve our great game.," he said in a statement. " . . . Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays."
Using the football as a prop, celebrating on the ground and group celebrations will all be allowed after scores under the new policy.
"Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized," Goodell explained.