Sheridan reports the trade was proposed at the start of the season, when Gordon was set to begin serving a two-game suspension and Foles had been named the Eagles' backup quarterback.
The Browns wanted Foles to be their starting quarterback, over Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, Sheridan reports, but the Eagles still thought highly of him and were put off by Gordon's suspension.
Both players made the Pro Bowl that season. Foles replaced Michael Vick at quarterback and started 10 games, throwing 27 touchdown passes to just two interceptions. Gordon came back from his suspension and led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games.
Foles entered 2014 as the Eagles' starter, while Gordon was originally suspended for the entire season but was allowed to return after 10 games, following a change in the NFL's drug policy.
Earlier this month, Gordon was suspended for at least one year after testing positive for alcohol, a violation of the terms of his reinstatement.
- Dan Gartland