Jeffrey Lurie didn’t blink at backup quarterback money

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is happy to have Nick Foles, now.

But having him back on his roster required a couple of big checks that Lurie had to sign off on first.

Via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Lurie said he was so grateful to have Foles as his backup quarterback that he didn’t mind the $12 million it cost him.

The $7 million in guarantees he gave to Foles to come back was one thing, but that meant getting rid of Chase Daniel even though they owed him $5 million this year.

“Our priority, as you’ve seen, is to make sure we have the very best possible other starting quarterback,” Lurie said. “I won’t even call [Foles] a backup, because we had him evaluated as a very strong quarterback. He’s been 18-5 for us over the last 23 games when Nick has started a game and finished. His quarterback rating in the postseason — he’s a big-time, big-game player. That’s Nick.

And we utilized about $12 million to have a second quarterback. And it may have seemed irrational, but I remember the phone call when it was [executive vice president of football operations] Howie [Roseman] and I talking, and we said, ‘We have an opportunity to do this. Do you have any reservations of using this $12 million this way versus other positions?’ And we both agreed this was absolutely the right thing to do. We never knew it would come to this, but we knew that Nick could win big games for us.”

The Eagles have made plenty of bold personnel moves, but without Lurie being willing to accept a sunk cost, they might not have this chance.

14 responses to “Jeffrey Lurie didn’t blink at backup quarterback money

  1. I try to look at it as how much are you paying your top 2 QBs combined? You can’t afford to pay Drew Brees money and pay top dollar backup money. I know Wentz has #2 pick money which is a lot, but compared to top 5 veteran QB money it’s reasonable. So to add in a pricey back up your total money invested in that group isn’t crippling.

  2. The Eagles have rebuilt this team the right way the past couple years, and by immediate comparison to the Chip Kelly era it looks even more spectacular.

  3. The guy behind him in that pic, in what appears to be a Grateful Dead hat and a Sears flannel shirt looks a little constipated.

  4. and by immediate comparison to the Chip Kelly era it looks even more spectacular

    Without Chip’s controversial decision to move some high dollar punks out of there, the Eagles wouldn’t be where they are right now.

  5. Just bring the BEAST a trophy! We are the Greatest Division PERIOD! DEFENSE! if your up by two scores in the fourth that isnt enough … dig in deeper attack tommy even harder! NFC BEAST WILL FEAST and tommy is the main course!

  6. Foles Sucks….and everyone will see it on the Grand Stage at The Superbowl…

    12 Million for a backup QB give me a break…terrible.

    Maybe Wentz should pass the ball like a QB instead of running outside the pocket like idiot.

  7. 700levelvet says: “The guy behind him in that pic, in what appears to be a Grateful Dead hat and a Sears flannel shirt looks a little constipated.”

    Doesn’t he though? Good catch.

  8. After watching the drop off from when Deshaun Watson got hurt, I wish that my Texans had spent money like that on a guy like Foles. Great investment by the Eagles.

  9. Foles Sucks….and everyone will see it on the Grand Stage at The Superbowl…

    12 Million for a backup QB give me a break…terrible.

    Maybe Wentz should pass the ball like a QB instead of running outside the pocket like idiot.

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    You don’t know much about football, do you? both of your statements are idiotic. Wentz looks to throw first. Foles’ record in playoff games is phenomenal.

  10. Belichick will not allow Foles to beat him. If the Eagles are going to pull off an upset, it will need to come from the defense.

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