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.
Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.
The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.
But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.
"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."
Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.
With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.
"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."
Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.
The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.