Quarterback Nick Foles said he didn’t influence the Philadelphia Eagles to reject a trade proposal from the Browns because no such scenario was ever presented to him.

On Tuesday, Foles denied a report from NFL Network’s Michael Silver that stated he told the Eagles he wanted to stay with them after they had notified him the Browns offered a second-round pick (No. 35 overall) early this offseason for the reigning Super Bowl MVP and backup to franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee on Dec. 10. The league’s website published the report on May 22.

“The first time I heard about it was when I got text messages asking if it was true,” Foles told Philadelphia reporters. “That was the first time I had heard about it, so it never got to a discussion with me. And at the end of it, I’m just a player. I don’t decide if anything goes through or not.”

After Foles shot down the report, Silver doubled down.

“I stand by my report,” Silver tweeted. “My two sources who said the Eagles ran the trade proposal by Foles are very good sources. I’ll leave it at that.”

Less than a half hour later, Silver responded to someone on Twitter by writing, “I’m saying Nick was told about the trade offer.”

Either way, Browns General Manager John Dorsey struck a deal March 9 to trade a third-round pick (No. 65 overall) to the Buffalo Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who said he’s not fazed by Silver’s report about Foles and is favored to enter the upcoming season as the starter ahead of No. 1 overall selection Baker Mayfield.

“At that time, I was still with the Buffalo Bills, so that really does not affect me,” Taylor said last week during organized team activities. “Things happen in this league that you can’t change. I have always been one to focus on what I can change, and that is my attitude daily. The effort that I bring and the energy that I bring around my teammates — that has been my focus. I really can’t speak on or let that affect me.”

Asked last week about Silver’s report on Foles, Dorsey said, “Well, I know this: We are very excited to have Tyrod Taylor as our starting quarterback. He’s our starting quarterback. I’m not going to talk about another team’s player. You all know my position on that. He’s with the Philadelphia Eagles, and I won’t talk about it.”

Foles said, from his perspective, there wasn’t anything to talk about.

“There wasn’t any discussions on the trades,” Foles said Tuesday, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. “[Eagles head of football operations] Howie [Roseman] said what he wanted for me. And I just said if it ever comes to a point where you want to have a discussion, if there was something he was interested in, we would sit down and talk about it. But that never came to be. And I’m here, and I’m excited to be here.”

Foles and the Eagles restructured his contract in April to reportedly give him a $2 million bonus in 2018, a shot to earn up to $14 million in incentives and a mutual option for 2019.

“We restructured my deal so I would be here and everything would work out,” Foles told Philadelphia reporters. “It provided protection for me. It provided protection for the team. That was sort of us both saying both of us want me to be here. I love this team. I love everything about this city, Philadelphia.”

Name to watch

After visiting the Minnesota Vikings on Monday and Tuesday, free-agent outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he’ll visit the Oakland Raiders next and then the Browns before likely deciding where to sign by the end of this week.

The Eagles cut Kendricks on May 22. He asked to be traded last offseason, but the Eagles held onto him, and he started 13 of 16 games this past regular season, then all three postseason games during their championship run. He had 55 tackles, including two sacks, in the regular season and 16 tackles in the playoffs.

Before the Eagles released Kendricks, 27, he had been scheduled to make $7.6 million this year. He had ankle surgery in March.

With the Vikings, Kendricks would play with his brother, Eric, a starting linebacker.

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