“The second I got a phone call, and Chip Kelly told me I was traded. That was the first time,” Foles told Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated.
Foles also disputes the claim that he was "overjoyed" to leave Philadelphia.
“To clear that up, a reporter had texted my uncle, and what my uncle had said was, 'Nick is really going to miss Philadelphia. He’s really going to miss his friends and family and the fan base, but he is really excited about the opportunity he has in St. Louis,'" Foles said.
“That’s exactly what the text message says. Do you see anything in that text message that says I’m overjoyed? That’s not even a part of it. It got misconstrued. I never said that.
"It’s definitely a new start but I’m going to continue to be me," Foles told the website. "I think being the best quarterback you can be is just being who you are, so I’m excited to just get to know my teammates and get to know the locker room because that’s what it’s about. ... But sticking together like I said, which I admired of the Rams last season, that’s what I love about it and I just want to help add to it."
Foles played in 28 games over three seasons in Philly, throwing 46 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.
Jeff Fisher said that the
Appearing on PFT Live, the Rams coach said that the team was offered a low first-round draft pick for quarterback
“There were some discussions, yes," Fisher said, "but from our standpoint, the first-round pick — obviously it’s attractive, but you still don’t have a quarterback. It’s a late pick and then would we move up and get into position to draft one? It didn’t make sense to us,”
Fisher said that, even if Bradford agreed to a pay cut, he likely wouldn't have returned to the Rams.
The Rams traded Bradford to the
Bradford has dealt with major knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, missing all of 2014 and playing just seven games in 2013. He has completed 58.6 percent of his career passes while racking up 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. The Eagles have not approached the quarterback about a new contract, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports, leaving Bradford on track to reach free agency in 2016.
Foles shined in his first season in Chip Kelly's offense in 2013, recording a 27:2 TD:INT ratio and completing 64 percent of his passes. He regressed last season, completing 59.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight games.
The deal involves an exchange of 2015 draft picks, plus conditional picks in 2016, according to beat writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It does not involve a swap of first-round picks, Thomas added.
Bradford has played just seven games over the past two seasons due to devastating knee injuries. He's scheduled to make $13 million in 2015.
Foles was so-so in eight games last season after a breakout 2013 in which he threw 27 touchdowns against two interceptions. He's scheduled to earn $1.5 million in 2015.
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