Notes: Foles Emotional After Trade

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

When questioned about the level of compensation shipped to St. Louis for Sam Bradford, Chip Kelly — presumably to show the type of value attached to the quarterback across the league — volunteered that he had already been offered a first-round pick for Bradford since acquiring him.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave that claim more weight on Friday when he told Pro Football Talk that he was offered a “low first-round pick” for Bradford recently, but decided to do the deal with the Eagles because he wanted Nick Foles.

Foles, wearing a dark blue golf shirt with a large Rams logo sewn into it, had his introductory press conference in St. Louis Friday with Fisher and general manager Les Snead by his side. It took some six minutes before anyone asked Foles a question, as the reporters were curious about the particulars of the trade process and the departure of Bradford initially. When the focus shifted to him, he revealed that he was just finishing up a workout when he received a call from Kelly telling him that he had been dealt.

“I think the first thing, if I’m being honest, the first thing you go through is, there’s a lot of emotions you go through,” he said.”Because I’ve been very fortunate to start my career in Philly, they have been three great years. I have nothing but great things to say about Philadelphia.

“At that time, emotions kick in. But then I was able to talk to Coach Fisher and after I got off the phone I felt really good about it. I was honored that a team wanted me.”

Fisher committed to Foles as his starter during the press conference.

Foles fielded just a handful of questions, then posed holding up his new Rams jersey. It looks like he’ll be wearing No. 5 in St. Louis.

Elsewhere on the quarterback front… Bruce Arians is in Atlantic City for the Maxwell Awards, and was asked by some members of the Philly media for his take on Bradford.

Berman also caught up with Marcus Mariota, who thinks the Eagles could remain a possibility for him even after the trade for Bradford. From

 “I wouldn’t doubt it, but Coach Kelly and the Eagles are going to do what’s best for the team,” Mariota said at the annual Maxwell Football Club awards. “We’ll see what happens.”…

“It’s going to come down to whatever they want to do,” Mariota said. “I’m not sure what Coach Kelly wants to do. He hasn’t talked to me about it. He’s been more of a mentor to me, whenever I needed someone.”