Philadelphia Eagles: Broncos, Redskins most likely out on Nick Foles
Where will Nick Foles end up next? We’re not sure. We can probably count out the Broncos and the Redskins at this point though.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a tough decision to make regarding their backup quarterback Nick Foles within the next few weeks. Right now, Foles is set to become a free agent in March when the league new year opens up thanks to a $2 million buyout. At this point, the Eagles have one of two options: One, franchise tag Foles for $25 million to keep or trade him away. Or two, allow Foles to just walk and sign wherever he wants to.
Since option number one is a lot more confusing than it seems, it’s probably more realistic that the Eagles allow Foles to leave in free agency. Before the 2019 NFL season concluded, it was rumored that Foles was going to have a high demand in the market for quarterbacks. But with free agency still a few weeks away, Foles’ options are beginning to get narrowed down to only a few teams.
Earlier in the week, there were more than a few likely landing spots for Foles. Those destinations included the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and the Washington Redskins. But after a few moves and rumors started spreading around, it looks like we can count the Broncos and the Redskins out of the picture. Now, it looks like Foles’ options are narrowed down to just three teams this offseason.
What’s the word around the league?
In case you missed it, the Denver Broncos made a trade for the veteran quarterback, Joe Flacco on Wednesday. Flacco was a potential cut when March rolled around, but the Baltimore Ravens were able to gain some value for the declining quarterback. Many believed that Foles was in play for Denver, but it turns out that they wanted to go in a different direction.
As for the Redskins, well, their situation is a bit confusing. Washington has veteran quarterback Alex Smith under contract beyond 2019, but he isn’t able to play next season. Unless they cut Smith, they won’t be in the market for an expensive free agent, according to ESPN staff writer, John Keim. And the chances of the Skins’ giving up on Smith at this point are slim to none.
So, that leaves just the Jags, Giants and Dolphins in play for Foles. While the Giants rumors continue to heat up, it might be safe to say that there shouldn’t be anything for the Eagles to worry about. There have been countless reports that say the Giants are going to stick with Eli Manning for another year. Plus, it’s almost a lock that the Giants finally draft a quarterback with their first-round pick.
As for the Jaguars, that seems to be the most realistic landing spot for Foles, considering the familiarity with their new offensive coordinator, John DeFillippo. Apparently, there’s mutual interest between Foles and Jacksonville, but it’s still all just speculation at this point. The ball is still in the Eagles court for what the next move is going to be.