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Eagles: NFL rule could block a Foles trade

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 07, 2019 - 7:22 am

Now that quarterback Nick Foles is set to become a free agent when the new league year begins onMarch 13th, there was believed to be only one way the Eagles can try to control the destination of the former Super Bowl MVP — place the franchise tag on him. 

An interesting article on Pro Football Talk, however, points out they might not even be able to do that. 

Per Mike Florio: 

Foles and his agents should challenge the franchise tag, if it’s applied. Article 4, Section 8, subsection (b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states as follows: “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” If the Eagles would simply be tagging Foles to trade him, Foles should invoke this provision and fight the tag, via an expedited grievance that would be resolved before the start of free agency.

Florio is right — if the Eagles do place the tag on Foles, he should fight it. Earlier this week a report from ESPN came out stating that the Eagles plan on franchising Foles in an attempt to control his destination. The Eagles have also stated publicly that they are going to make Carson Wentz the starting quarterback next season. Add those two things up and it is pretty clear the Eagles have no intention of actually paying Foles the $25 million salary that would come with the franchise tag. 


Foles has no incentive to help the Eagles pull off a trade, as the team he would be going to would be needlessly losing an asset to acquire him. If Foles wants to go to, for example, the Giants, then the two sides can just work out a deal and he can sign there as a free agent. That was the entire purpose of Foles paying back the Eagles the $2 million his contract required to become a free agent. 

Which is why if the Eagles do indeed place the franchise tag on Foles, he should absolutely fight it, and do everything in his power to make he signs with — and isn’t traded to — his new team. 

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