Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

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The Eagles want to undo much of what Chip Kelly did in his disastrous year running team personnel, and they may try to undo the biggest move Kelly made.

A year after trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, Philadelphia may let Bradford walk and bring Foles back. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Eagles are not expected to use the franchise tag to keep Bradford, and that they are interested in acquiring Foles.

That’s no surprise: Bradford hasn’t played well enough to justify the $20 million salary that would come with the franchise tag. And Foles played well enough at times in Philadelphia that the Eagles may think he could win for them again.

The Rams, however, control Foles for now, as he’s under contract for 2016. But Foles has a $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the league year, and after he was benched for Case Keenum last year, the Rams may decide to cut Foles and set him free in 2016.

If that happens, Foles may find himself back in Philadelphia, playing for new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach in Foles’ rookie year.

61 responses to “Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

  1. Trading a healthy player for an injured/ injury prone player is kind of like not putting points on the board when you have an opportunity to get a FG.

  2. Better get a legit Oline back there for him or any Qb they decide to use. They need guards and there are some good F/A guards that can help immediately. Just have to pay them.

  3. Foles’ roster bonus is guaranteed. Even if the Rams cut him, he’d be due the money. That is why the Rams have incentive to trade him. From Eagles’ perspective, this looks stupid on the surface. You’re not going anywhere with Foles as your QB. The question is though do you think you’re going anywhere with Bradford? If not, then Foles for 1-year as a bridge QB to a rookie makes a whole hell of a lot more sense than Bradford on the franchise tag for $19.7M. If you trade for him after the Rams have paid the roster bonus, then you have him for $1.75M. Nothing for a QB, even a bad one. If you trade for him before the roster bonus is paid(so the Eagles would pay it increasing his cap hit to $7.75M) then you might even get the Rams to give you compensation for saving them cap room.

  4. Please no. His throwing motion is too long/loopy for the NFL. His 27/2 season was a fluke, and if you look back, he got lucky on a lot of bombs. It’s the same reason Riley Cooper had a decent season that year, he was one of the beneficiaries of a lot of those luckbombs.

  5. The Eagles could easily just trade a 2nd rounder for Foles.
    Oh wait……………………..

  6. This is rich. Maybe they can trade Kiko back for Shady and send Cooper to Wash for DJax. Then you’d have something.

  7. I think some posters are missing the point. I don’t think the Eagles are looking at bringing back Foles because they think he’s the QB of the future.

    I believe they are looking for a 1-2 year bridge guy to a rookie to be named later. And for that purpose, it makes sense. There is NO chance they bring back Bradford at the franchise number, Foles is an upgrade over Sanchez at a much more manageable number than what SB would cost, and he is already familiar with the organization.

  8. I remember talking to my friends and family in Philly 4 (?) years ago, and telling them, “no the Eagles shouldn’t fire Andy Reid they’ve been great under his care.”

    Now they’re going back to try and pick up Foles again? If saving money is the idea and dealing with 1-2 subpar years while a QB develops, then maybe they should just stick with Sanchez.

  9. Can’t understand why any team would want either Foles or Bradford as their starting QB, they are backup QB’s at best.

  10. Also, don’t forget, as crappy as the Eagles were this year, it wasn’t until they lost to the Redskins in week 15 that they were out of contention for winning the division.

  11. The Eagles aren’t contending for a Super Bowl next year…why pay an average QB $20-ish million over another average QB that you can get for $6 million? Maybe Bradford gets you 1 more win a year over Foles…not worth $14 million. Pay for O-lineman.

  12. If I were the Eagles I’d just re sign Bradford.Sam is a really good young quarterback who got the misfortune to be drafted by the Rams. But whatever the right thing is to do the Eagles will do the opposite. Moves like letting Bradford go are some of the reasons loser Lurie has never delivered a Super Bowl win in 22 years.

  13. Also, don’t forget, as crappy as the Eagles were this year, it wasn’t until they lost to the Redskins in week 15 that they were out of contention for winning the division.

    Around week 13 some 20 teams were below 500. This was not a prototypical season.

  14. Foles had a few great years. He must have some talent. I think his play dropped when the O-Line in PHI quality dropped.

    Then he went to STL, whose O-Line stunk for years. Every QB they tried last year ran for their lives. And that is with deadly run/receiving threats like Gurly.

    Getting Foles on the cheap and drafting a QB to develop is a great plan. Hopefully they fix the O-Line by the time the new QB is ready. With a decent O-Line and strong run game I think you can make a game manager out of Foles. I doubt he ever puts up monster numbers again.

    The ultimate irony is STL sending the picks they got for Bradford, back to PHI to take Foles off their hands 🙂

  15. Both the Eagles and the Rams are planning to draft their QBs of the future. They’re just playing pre-draft games to try to through off teams that are picking ahead of them. There are easily 6-8 QBs coming out that are better than Foles, and 3 or 4 that are better than Bradford.

  16. Dolphins4.. Please be quiet, You gave bad advice on Bradford, A good young QB at 20 million??? Really?. As a Dolphin fan myself we Have no Room to be talking about any other team!!! Never the less Bradford at 20 million and He is NOT a good Young QB..

  17. Bradford benefited from his draft slot, rookie year, and injuries.He gets paid because of his “potential”. The fact is he has never lived up to the expectations. Another example of how so many players just steal money from the owners while giving nothing back in terms of production.

  18. I think Foles was doing very good job for a young QB, until Kelly came in and messed up the groundwork that was in place shattered his confidence.

    I have said it a couple times, the Eagles aren’t very likely to acquire a Franchise QB this year, I don’t feel there is one worth drafting and they are even rarer to find in FA, and I think that Foles can be solid starter, similar to Andy Dalton, if you put a good team around him, he can use the weapons quite well like he did the year in Philly. There is no reason that with a good weapons, and a solid defense. That the Eagles couldn’t be in the playoff race every season.

    I would take Foles over Bradford ANY time, especially if Pederson feels he knows the offense he wants to run.

  19. gonzagylot00 says:
    Feb 7, 2016 1:14 PM

    I remember talking to my friends and family in Philly 4 (?) years ago, and telling them, “no the Eagles shouldn’t fire Andy Reid they’ve been great under his care.”

    ——

    No. Andy had to go and I like Andy. I follow the Chiefs because of Andy. It’s no coincidence that the year his son died was Andy’s worse with the Eagles. The team struggled on the defensive side after the loss of JJ and releasing Dawkings and was slowly losing. If the circumstances were regular then maybe, MAYBE, could suggest that Andy could of rebounded the team but the circumstances weren’t.

    If for anything it was better for him, and not the team, to be fired.

  20. forget Bradford… forget Foles

    wait for the Saints to cut Brees, and sign him to a 1 or 2 year bridge deal to mentor whatever young QB they draft

  21. ytownie says:
    Feb 7, 2016 3:18 PM
    Bradford benefited from his draft slot, rookie year, and injuries.He gets paid because of his “potential”. The fact is he has never lived up to the expectations. Another example of how so many players just steal money from the owners while giving nothing back in terms of production.

    =================

    Bradford has benefited immensely from his draft position. I can’t believe he was asking for top 5 QB money despite never producing and not playing a regular season game in 2 years.

    He is someone the media continuously hypes up based on potential and his college career even though he’s entering his 6th year as a starter.

    Anyone who gives Bradford franchise QB money will be regretting it before the first season is out.

  22. This was reliably refuted by Les Bowen of the Philly Daily News. Seemed real farfetched, though I like Adam Schefter a lot. Even good ones swing and miss sometimes.

  23. wegonefunkwichamind says:
    Feb 7, 2016 12:47 PM
    Please no. His throwing motion is too long/loopy for the NFL. His 27/2 season was a fluke…..

    —————————-

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve read on the internet in months. Congratulations.

    Give Nick a decent OL and some WRs who can actually catch an he’ll be fine.

  24. The franchise is not going downhill. The Eagles are downhill. Not one pro bowl player on offense and only one on defense. It’s all about quality players on winning teams and 7 wins is a bad team.

    The only consistent player on offensive was Bradford. Their former above average left tackle quit during a few games. Their underweight center talks a good game but nothing else. Their former first round right tackle gets beat consistently around his right side.

    The 2016 Eagle team was boring thought out the entire season less one game in New England whose coach gave them that game and duplicated the giveaway against Denver in the
    Championship game. Don’t need no stinking field goals, we got Brady. Genius, really!

  25. What’s the basis for this story? Why, Pederson was instrumental in drafting Foles, so he might be interested in getting him back. Sad that people take anything Schefter says seriously.

  26. I was in awe of Nick Foles and what he did with the Eagles in 2013. Twenty seven TDs and only 2 picks — phenominal for a QB, among the best ever I would guess. His QBR was 119. But as wegonefunkwichamind asks, was this a fluke, a one-time thing?

    If you look at the last 2 seasons it is hard to believe the year he had in 2013. In 2015 with the Rams he had 7 TDs and 10 Ints!!! Of course you can “blame” these 2 bad years on

    1. playing for Chip Kelly at Philly
    2. playing for the Rams no matter who the coach is

    eaglesfanalways is absolutely right, it all comes down to $$$$. I was surprised that Sam Bradford with all of his injuries and missed games was paid $20M last year. Is Bradford worth $20M next year? In my estimation, probably not. But don’t know that I would go with Foles either … even at a bargain $6M.

    But what other choices do the Eagles have for next year? Trust in a rookie from the draft? How many RGIII’s (future bust) and Cam Newtons are there?

  27. Any thoughts on the kid ( Hackenburg ) out of Penn State ? Will the Eagles have a chance of getting to him ? Will they even want him ? Can he play in the NFL ?

  28. muencht says:
    I was surprised that Sam Bradford with all of his injuries and missed games was paid $20M last year. Is Bradford worth $20M next year? In my estimation, probably not. But don’t know that I would go with Foles either

    After the trade with the Rams, Sams contract only cost 13MIL, not 20!

  29. Last year Foles played behind what had to be one of the fort OL in the history of football. They were literally pulling guys off the streets and plugging them in with rookies beside them..Like Phil Simms said mid season, “Tom Brady couldn’t win with that OL..” Oh and a WR group that was gaud awful. I’d take Foles any day over Bradford and poll half the NFL starters!

    From a hardcore Pats fan

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