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Report: Eagles will try to trade Nick Foles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 06, 2019 - 8:06 am

The Eagles season is still very much alive heading into their Wild Card matchup on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. 

When (or if) they do eventually lose, it is expected that quarterback Nick Foles will be moving on this offseason to another team.

An interesting report on Sunday morning by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, however, suggested the Eagles will do everything they can to try to trade Foles as opposed to simply letting him walk. 

“Do they franchise tag him, about $25 million dollars, or do they pick up his option then watch Foles buy back his option, and franchise tag him. Either way, what remains to be seen is how the Eagles actually move on,” Rapoport said. “But my understanding, talking to several general managers around the league, the belief is that the Eagles will infact be able to trade Nick Foles again.”

Rapoport went on to say that Foles “is going to be the most coveted quarterback available.”

The idea of trading Foles is an interesting and complicated one. 

In order to trade Foles the Eagles would, obviously, need to have him under contract. To do that, however, they would need to fit him under their salary cap. The Eagles are currently $10 million over the salary cap with Foles on the books for $20 million (the mutual option). In a world where Foles and the Eagles agree to pick up the mutual option, the Eagles couldn’t trade him until the beginning of the new league year, meaning they would have to carry him on the books into free agency. If a deal is done quickly, that might not be an issue. If it isn't, however, having Foles on the books could seriously impact their ability to go after free agents. 

From Foles perspective, picking up the mutual option doesn’t make much sense, unless the Eagles agree to trade him to the team of his choice. A interesting wrinkle in the contract that could entice Foles to allow that to happen is that in order to decline his part of the mutual option, Foles has to pay the Eagles $2 million. Foles could decide to agree to the option, saving the money, and then hope the Eagles would trade him to the team of his choice. That would save Foles money and allow the Eagles to get some kind of asset back for Foles, as opposed to him simply walking as a free agent. 

If Foles declines the option, the Eagles could use the franchise tag on Foles, which would increase his cap hit for around $25 million, but would then allow the Eagles to trade Foles. If he is indeed the most coveted quarterback available this offseason, the idea of the Eagles landing a second-round pick or better for Foles shouldn't be ruled out. 

You can check out the full report on the idea of trading Foles below:

 

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