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August 04, 2016

Nick Foles spurns Cowboys, reunites with Andy Reid in Kansas City

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In his NFL career, Nick Foles has thrown 53 regular season touchdown passes. On the receiving end of ten of those scores  -- tied with Riley Cooper for the most by any one player -- was his former Eagles new Kansas City Chiefs teammate Jeremy Maclin.

Despite the fact that Foles signed with Kansas City on Wednesday night -- and that he and Maclin have combined for more touchdowns than Maclin and his current quarterback, Alex Smith (8) -- don't expect the two to find the duo adding to that number any time soon.

Foles, who was released by the Rams last week after a terrible 2015 season, has reportedly reached a deal with the Chiefs and longtime Eagles coach Andy Reid, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Unlike when he was traded to the Rams last offseason by Chip Kelly, Foles isn't joining the team with the expectation of starting, or even really playing. Smith, clearly, is the starter, meaning Foles will be competing for a backup spot.

Luckily for him, he has the benefit of having a previous relation with his new coach. Reid was the Eagles coach when the team drafted Foles in the third round (88th overall) in the 2012 draft out of Arizona. In a doomed 2012 season, which was also Reid's last in Philly, Foles went just 1-5 in six starts. He completed 60.8 percent of his passes and threw for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns, five interceptions and posted a 79.1 rating. 

He's also a solid backup and makes sense as a guy Reid would feel comfortable with should Smith miss a few games with an injury. And given the strength of their defense, he could potentially win a few games.

In parts of three seasons with the Eagles -- including the outlier that was 2013 (27 TD, 2 INT) -- Foles went 15-9 while throwing for 6,753 yards, 46 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions (94.2 rating). And then there was las season with the Rams: 11 games, seven touchdowns, 10 interceptions, a 69.0 passer rating, and one starting job lost to Case Keenum. 

Oh, and we can't forget to thank Foles and Reid. Not for their time spent in Philly, but remembering that nothing feels better than turning down the Cowboys.


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