Apparently, the Philadelphia Eagles are considering a franchise tag for Nick Foles in order to keep him away from the New York Giants.
The drama has begun already, and the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to figure out what they are going to do with their backup quarterback, Nick Foles. Once upon a time, Foles jumped in and helped save the 2017 season when MVP hopeful Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL. Later on that year, Foles would be named the Super Bowl MVP as the Eagles hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the first time in franchise history.
Knowing that they were going to go back to Wentz when he was healthy, the Eagles considered trading away Foles in 2018. Two first-round picks were the price tag, and not a single team jumped at the opportunity to offer that up. As a matter of fact, the highest offer that the Eagles received was rumored to be a second-round pick. Clearly, the Eagles weren’t impressed enough to make the deal. Fast forward to now, and Foles’ trade value is rumored to be even lower. A third round pick is an asking price if the Eagles do pursue a trade.
Right now, Foles has the leverage. He voided the contract on Tuesday night with the $2 million buyout, and intends on testing the free agency market in order to pick his next destination where he could see more than the $20 million that he would’ve gotten with Philly’s 2019 option. At this point, the Eagles should probably just let Foles walk. Apparently though, a rumored destination for Foles has the Eagles front office concerned.
Could Foles stay in the NFC East?
FanSided’s Jason Cole has reported that the Eagles “believe there’s a strong chance the New York Giants will part ways with Manning and attempt to sign Foles if Foles hits the market.” However, reports came out on Tuesday night shortly after Foles informed the Eagles he wouldn’t accept the mutual option that the Giants plan is to ‘likely’ stick with Eli Manning as the starting quarterback through 2019. According to Giants reporter, Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants are more likely to be intrigued with drafting a rookie, rather than acquiring a veteran via trade or free agency.
Another team that could be on the hunt for Foles would be the Washington Redskins. With Alex Smith most likely out for 2019, they will need to fill the void at quarterback. Foles is an obvious target, but it doesn’t make much sense for Foles to go down that route. With Alex Smith being on contract with the Skins’ beyond next season, their 2019 quarterback will most likely be viewed as a temporary passer. Seeing as though Foles wants another shot at becoming a long-term starting quarterback, joining that situation in Washington doesn’t make much sense for him.