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Rams have begun long-term contract talks with QB Nick Foles

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Although quarterback Nick Foles hasn't played a single snap in a regular-season game for the St. Louis Rams, the team apparently already has plans to make sure that once he does, he'll continue to do so for a long time.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that the team has begun preliminary talks with Foles and his agent, David Dunn, on a long-term contract extension.

"We've had some discussions," Fisher said. "I think what Nick has done early in his career, he has proven that he can get the job done on the field. He's carried things on here so we are going to continue to talk and see if we can get something that's good for both sides."

The Rams acquired Foles via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in the opening minutes of the new league year March 10. St. Louis sent quarterback Sam Bradford to Philadelphia in exchange for Foles and draft-pick compensation.

Since, Foles' work with his new team has been limited to the offseason conditioning program and organized team activities, which are expected to end on Thursday.

For his part, Foles said that he's felt comfortable in St. Louis almost from the moment he arrived in the city and wouldn't mind coming to a common ground with the Rams.

"This is where I want to play," Foles said. "As a player, you want to be somewhere you want to play the rest of your career. This is where I want to be, but that's why we have agents. My most important thing right now is continuing to work with my teammates and continue to be the best player and person I can be.

"We'll see what happens but I want to be here, I love Coach Fisher and the staff. I am very fortunate to be here."

Foles is coming off an injury-plagued 2014 season in which he started eight games and threw 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, though the Eagles were 6-2 in those contests. That was considered a letdown after Foles went to the Pro Bowl on the heels of a 27-touchdown, two-interception performance in 2013.

Despite the disappointing encore in 2014 and the new start in St. Louis, Foles said he doesn't intend to bet on himself in 2015 and push possible contract talks off while he attempts to increase his value.

"No, whatever happens with that, I'm going to be the same person no matter what it is," Foles said. "The [money] sign is not going to change the way I play the game. I play with all my heart. It's about my teammates and building those relationships and being a player that just helps people grow. So the money sign won't change that. I want to be here and that's the most important thing."

While getting something done with Foles is on the Rams' list of things to do, just how pressing it is remains to be seen. There's a bit of looking ahead that the team must do this year more so than others because it has 16 players set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. As many as nine of those players project as possible starters.

With the possibility of relocation looming, the Rams could have an especially busy 2016 offseason, so they are prioritizing getting other pieces of business done sooner rather than later.

"We've already started discussions [with some players]," Fisher said. "I know they want to come back, so I feel good about it."