Last season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles battled New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick for the starting quarterback position during training camp. Foles ultimately lost the battle to Vick during the preseason. Vick eventually sustained an injury that opened the door for Foles to shine. After starting a little over 11 games last season, Foles threw 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. This season is unlike anything Foles has encountered in his very short NFL career. Foles is first on the depth chart and is the undisputed starter for the Philadelphia Eagles going into the 2014 season.
Shock waves were sent through the NFL on Wednesday when the San Fransisco 49ers announced quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s massive contract. Kaepernick’s signed a six year $126 million dollar contract including $61 million guaranteed, which will make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. That got me to thinking, what is Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles worth? Foles, playing on his rookie deal, will be eligible for a contract extension after the 2014 season.
Nick Foles will be eligible for a contract extension at the end of the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 campaign. However, Foles cannot worry about playing for a contract this season. The Eagles quarterback needs to focus on getting better everyday and competing for the betterment of the Philadelphia Eagles. If Foles can build upon his outstanding 2013 campaign, the Eagles should pay Foles accordingly. The Eagles have plenty of salary cap space to reward their young core of young players. Foles is not the only player eligible for an extension at the end of the season, and the Eagles brass know this. The organization freed up a significant amount of cap space by releasing Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson during the offseason.
If Nick Foles plays the way he did in 2013, there is no reason the Eagles should not pay their outstanding starting quarterback. The Eagles have been looking for their savior at the quarterback position. Can Nick Foles be the starting quarterback for the future?