Wednesday’s announcement of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s massive contract sent shock waves through the NFL. The six year $126 million dollar contract includes $61 million guaranteed! The most ever given to any player in the NFL. That is a mind-numbing amount. It seems each year the bar is set higher and higher.
This contract had to give Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles an idea of his worth. He doesn’t have the resume like Kaepernick’s yet but the bar has been set pretty high. If Foles continues his success from last year you can bet his contract next year will be lucrative.
In just a little over 11 games last season Foles threw for 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. If he can play at that same level this season and starts all 16 games he would have 39 touchdowns, 4,205 yards and three interceptions. Of course those are projections and the league has had time to watch more film on him so it will be difficult for him to achieve those numbers.
But even if Foles has a moderately successful season he stands to get a pretty good boost in pay. He currently earns $615k a year based on his rookie contract. The Eagles can probably say goodbye to locking Foles up at a discount at the end of the 2014 season.
Foles is the real deal and will prove his performance last year was more about his skill and football acumen than luck. Last season he shared reps with former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in a competition for the starting position. This year he has the benefit of the entire off-season being the the number one quarterback taking reps with the first team. And he will have the undivided attention of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and new quarterback coach Bill Musgrave.
Look for Foles to set his own bar a little higher.