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NFL Rumors: Giants want Nick Foles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 07, 2019 - 8:15 am

The Eagles are reportedly going to try to place the franchise tag on quarterback Nick Foles, an attempt to control where he ends up and land a draft pick in the process. 

Their reasoning for doing so is becoming clear — they want to stop Foles from going to the Giants. 

Per NFL Insider Jason Cole, via Fansided:

Keeping Foles from the division-rival New York Giants — assuming the Giants decide to move on from Eli Manning — appears to be the biggest consideration as the Eagles toy with the idea of putting the franchise tag on him. According to two NFL sources, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman is considering that idea after an exchange of moves that could potentially leave Foles as the top free agent quarterback on the market next month. The Eagles believe there’s a strong chance the Giants will part ways with Manning and attempt to sign Foles if Foles hits the market.

This is not the first time the Giants have been linked to Foles, as ESPN reported this past weekend the Eagles were trying to keep Foles away from the Giants or Washington Redskins. Foles targeting the Giants, and the Giants wanting to bring him in, makes sense for a number of reasons.

First, Foles would be going to work with some familiar faces. The Giants are led by head coach Pat Shurmur, who worked with Foles during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Foles played some of his best football with Shurmur as his offensive coordinator, and even though the Giants run a much different system now than the Eagles did during those seasons, there would be some familiarity there. Shurmur also comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree, giving him ties to two coaches — Reid and Doug Pederson — who have worked with Foles. 

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The Giants would be able to offer Foles something he wouldn't get elsewhere -- a chance to start with potentially no rookie knocking on the door behind him. The Giants are a wasteland at quarterback right now, and if they moved on from Manning, they would be in desperate need of a veteran signal caller. Assuming they didn't draft a quarterback early this year, and the draft is not strong at quarterback, Foles would be the undisputed starter in New York. 

The Giants also have an impressive set of skill players and one of the best running backs in the NFL in Saquon Barkley. Foles would be going into a situation where he could lean on the running game, and when asked to pass, have a better set of receivers than he currently has with the Eagles. The offensive line remains a mess in New York, but not many teams have a better set of skill position players for a quarterback to work with. Foles would be a great fit, as he is a quarterback that simply sits back and distributes the ball. 

Fourth, and finally, one of the most simply reasons is that the Giants are close. Foles has made it clear he loves this area and that played a huge role in his decision to come back to Philadelphia prior to the 2017 season. With the Giants, Foles might not even have to move, and if he did, it wouldn’t be very far. The idea of Foles heading up the road to the Giants, and the Eagles having to face him twice a season when a large portion of the fan base wants him to stay is not ideal for either the team or quarterback Carson Wentz. 

Stopping Foles from going to the Giants will not be easy, and it could potentially be against a rule in the CBA. 

Still, the Eagles should do everything they can to try to stop it from happening — and Foles should do everything he can to make sure he ends up with the Giants. 

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