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Four years after he drafted Nick Foles in the third round, it appears Andy Reid has signed him as a free agent.

Foles, released last month by the Rams, will remain in Missouri after agreeing to contract terms with the Chiefs, according to a report by NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo.

Several NFL teams were reportedly interested in signing Foles, including the Cowboys, who lost backup Kellen Moore to a broken ankle suffered in practice this week.

Foles, who quarterbacked Reid’s last win with the Eagles — in Tampa in December of 2012 — went on to enjoy a record-setting Pro Bowl season under Chip Kelly in 2013 before coming back to Earth in 2014.

Kelly, who once called Foles his quarterback "for the next 1,000 years," traded Foles to the Rams after the 2014 season in the deal that brought current starting QB Sam Bradford to the Eagles.

Now 27, Foles is expected to back up Alex Smith in Kansas City. Other quarterbacks in camp for the Chiefs are Aaron Murray, Kevin Hogan and Tyler Bray.

Foles went 8-2 during his remarkable 2013 season, in which he set an NFL record with a 27-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and compiled a 119.2 passer rating — third highest in NFL history. He went 6-2 in 2014 before his season ended with a broken collarbone.

In a 2013 playoff loss to the Saints, he completed 23 of 33 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His 105.0 passer rating in that game was fourth highest in Eagles playoff history.

 

Foles' 15 wins as a starting quarterback are sixth most by an Eagles quarterback since 1960. His quarterbacks coach his rookie year was current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

But Foles, who once threw an NFL-record-tying seven touchdowns in a single game against the Raiders for the Eagles, managed only seven touchdowns in 11 starts last year with the Rams. 

And two years after recording one of the highest passer ratings in NFL history, he fashioned a passer rating of 67.9 — 32nd-best out of 33 regular NFL quarterbacks. Only Peyton Manning’s rating was lower.

Foles went 4-7 in 11 starts with the Rams and after a three-TD, zero-interception game in October against the Cards, he had just two touchdowns and nine interceptions in his final seven games. His 55.5 rating from Week 5 on was the worst by any NFL quarterback over the final 12 weeks of a season since Mike McMahon of the Eagles had a 54.6 rating the last 12 weeks of 2005.

Despite his struggles last year with the Rams, Foles still has the 22nd-highest passer rating in NFL history at 87.3. He has 53 career TD passes and 27 interceptions and has completed 60.2 percent of his passes. He was MVP of the 2013 Pro Bowl.