Rapoport: Eagles will go back to Wentz, trade Foles

Andrew Porter
January 09, 2019 - 9:39 am

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is one of the NFL's most plugged in reporters, and he's confident that the Eagles will go back to Carson Wentz and look to trade Nick Foles this offseason. 

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"I think people sort of forget how good Carson Wentz is," Rapoport told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. "Before injury, he was one of the MVPs of the league.

"So yeah, whenever it's over they go back to Carson Wentz and basically see how they can maximize the value they have with Nick Foles."

Rapoport certainly understands why Eagles fans have fell in love with Foles, who is leading the Birds on a playoff run for the second straight season. 

"He has been incredible, probably the best backup quarterback in NFL history, certainly the most successful," Rapoport said of Foles. "But to me, it's not about the next couple years, it's about the next 15 years."

Foles, 29, has a $20 million team option for the 2019 season, but can pay back $2 million to the Eagles to become a free-agent instead. The Eagles could still franchise tag him, as well. All of this makes it likely that Philadelphia looks to trade Foles this offseason

"I do think they'll be able to trade him," Rapoport said of Foles. "My guess is they end up working with Foles and coming up with some solution where he lands at a great place, and he probably ends up getting a contract extension with that.

"Foles will probably be worth — if the Eagles do nothing else in free-agency, which you know they're also active. But if they do nothing else, then they will probably get like a third round compensatory pick for him, not this year, but next year. So the equivalent of that is a fourth rounder this year. Third rounder next year, fourth rounder this year. So if they can't get a fourth rounder for him, they'd probably just let him free and take the compensatory pick." 

Many have suggested Foles landing in New York with Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, and the Giants. Rapoport believes Jacksonville, at least right now, makes more sense for Foles, not the Giants. 

"Someone would have to tell me where Eli Manning is going first," Rapoport said of Foles ending up with the Giants. "I don't really see that happening, because they have Eli Manning. I think they would just keep Eli, draft a young QB, and develop him under Eli."

As for the here and now, Foles and the Eagles head to New Orleans on Sunday for a chance to upset the Saints and play in a second straight NFC Championship game. That's pretty amazing, any which way you slice it. 

Listen to Rapoport's full interview on the 94WIP Morning Show below.