KC Chiefs: Vikings Had Interest in Trading for Nick Foles

Aug 20, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

The KC Chiefs received a phone call from the Minnesota Vikings about their backup quarterback, but did not go through with the trade. Was this the right decision for the franchise?

The Kansas City Chiefs made a statement when they signed Nick Foles as their backup quarterback last month. The statement was that this is a year in which the Chiefs see themselves being a legit contender in the National Football League.

One of the weaknesses for the team before acquiring Foles was at the backup quarterback position, which was being battled for between Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, and Kevin Hogan (the last two were both recently cut).

Foles coming to Kansas City showed that if something happens to Alex Smith, this team isn’t completely screwed. That’s always nice to know.

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This week, however, some drama went down in the NFL. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was injured at practice earlier in the week and it was announced that he’ll miss the season.

With no Bridgewater in Minnesota, the Vikings needed a legitimate starter on board. Their backup is Shaun Hill and I feel like he’s been in the league for decades now.

The Vikings eventually traded for Sam Bradford and gave the Eagles a first round pick for the former first overall pick. A first rounder for Sam freaking Bradford?! Are you kidding me?!

According to Ian Rapoport, however, the Vikings had given Kansas City a buzz about their backup quarterback.

While we’re not certain that the Chiefs were offered the same deal (or anything at all, maybe there wasn’t much of a conversation), it’s hard to believe they weren’t offered something of similar caliber. Bradford is not a good quarterback, and while Foles isn’t elite or anything, he’s been the better of the two in the NFL.

It’s interesting to me that the Chiefs didn’t end up going through with this type of trade, but we don’t know what they were offered. Again, this just shows that John Dorsey likes what he has right now, and that’s definitely a good sign.

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Should Alex Smith go down in a game for whatever reason (knock on wood, please), Nick Foles gives the Chiefs the confidence to keep them in the game and to keep them relevant. He’s shown that he has the tangibles to be a great NFL quarterback, but Alex Smith is the man in Kansas City.

Personally, I still can’t get over the fact that the Vikings gave up a FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK for Sam Bradford, but hey… I’m not an NFL general manager. It baffles me how Bradford continues to have teams putting faith in him when he’s been a major disappointment since going number one overall in 2010.

Now hopefully, the KC Chiefs don’t have to use Nick Foles in big situations (hopefully he’s just on the field when the Chiefs are on the good side of a blowout), but I am glad that the team decided to keep him around. Still though… If the Chiefs turned down a first round pick, then maybe we’re seeing a new era in Kansas City Chiefs football.

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What do you think, Chiefs fans? Would you trade Nick Foles and if so, for what?