Wisniewski’s “reward” may persuade other Eagles to want one, too

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The Eagles decision to give guard Stefen Wisniewski a $250,000 no-strings-attached signing bonus to make up for a $250,000 playing-time incentive he failed to earn impressed many as a fair and appropriate gesture. Some of the other players on the Philadelphia roster may have a different reaction.

“Where’s my reward?” they may wonder.

Indeed, any other player who played a significant role in the regular-season or postseason performances who narrowly missed an incentive or escalator would be justified in wondering whether he’ll get a money-for-nothing bump to his 2018 pay. Apart from that, one specific player who had the biggest hand in getting the team to Minneapolis and delivering Philadelphia its first Lombardi Trophy may be hoping for a chance to get more money, from the Eagles or from a different team.

Yes, if the Eagles are handing out Super Bowl cookies, Nick Foles should want the biggest one. As he makes the rounds with TV hosts would wouldn’t have been able to distinguish him from Jon Heder two months ago, Foles danced around the question of whether he wants a chance to get paid a lot more than $7 million in 2018, or to be a starter elsewhere. Considering the full scope of his answers, however, it’s clear that the issue eventually will come up.

“Are you gonna re-sign you’re saying with the Eagles?” Ellen Degeneres asked Foles. “What’s happening?”

Foles didn’t shut the question down by simply saying, “Actually, I’m already signed for next year. So it’s not an issue.” Instead, he gave an answer hinting that a request for something is coming.

“That’s a question that everyone wants to know,” Foles said. “My honest answer, not being politically correct, is all I want to do is just be with my wife, be with my daughter. All that stuff will take care of itself. I’ve been waiting. It’s a long season. We go through a lot. The family sacrificed a lot. Just literally the simple things of just like being there and being present, being at the home all day, being able to go on walks. We have a dog Henry. If I didn’t mention him he’d be sad because he’s gonna watch. Those little things that’s what I look forward to. We’ll see what happens with my career.”

That’s not a commitment to go along with whatever the Eagles want to do. It’s an effort to shift the focus on his career away from the present, with an acknowledgment that the details of his career for 2018 and beyond will be resolved in the not-too-distant future.

Later in the week, Foles was pressed more aggressively on the question of whether he can go back to being a backup quarterback.

“You have to be a starter,” Kimmel said. “You must, you have to be. You’re the Super Bowl MVP.”

Again, he didn’t say something like, “Well, I have a contract with Philadelphia for 2018, and Carson Wentz is the starter.” Instead, he said this: “Yeah, I mean, that’s a question that everyone wants to know. The thing I look forward to — the season’s a long season. The family, my wife. We have an eight-month-old daughter Lily. They sacrifice throughout the year because it’s a seven-day-a-week job, we’re in the facility, come back late. Right now, it’s just focusing on being a husband and father to the best of my ability. This is a time I really look forward to. And then with that part of football, we love Philly. That stuff’s out of my control. We have agents that handle all of that, but we love Philly. We love the situation and we’ll worry about it when that time comes. . . . Yeah, we love Philly. We came back to Philly and they had us. Just to be a part of the community to be a part of bringing the first Super Bowl there. That’s something that’s really special.”

Of course, if it were that simple, there would be nothing for agents to do. Foles would simply be staying put at $7 million for the final year of his deal and then next year would be the time when “stuff will take care of itself” and when “we’ll see what happens with my career.” The fact that he’s not making it clear that there’s no decision to make and nothing to talk about for 2018 strongly suggests that there is something to to talk about — and that it could be Foles’ desire either for a financial reward (much greater than $250,000) to stay with the Eagles or a chance to strike while the iron is glowing.

By pushing it all to his agents, Foles hopes to avoid losing any of the lifetime of goodwill he has earned among Eagles fans. But the agents work for Foles, and all he has to do is to tell them, “I don’t want more money, and I don’t want to be a starter with another team.” Unless and until he does, there’s a chance that the agents will try to squeeze the Eagles for something more than $7 million to continue to serve as the understudy to Wentz.

22 responses to “Wisniewski’s “reward” may persuade other Eagles to want one, too

  1. Another millionaire whining about the hardships of playing a game and making millions. Cry me a freakin’ river. If you want the money because everyone else who does what you do gets it then say so. I don’t need to hear about how you miss the “simple things.” I bet you don’t miss “simple things”like figuring out how you’re going to pay you mortgage every month. Yeah, you should be making more. Do you – or any other football player on the planet – “deserve” more money? Absolutely not. But we’re not talking about what you deserve, we’re talking about your market value. So enough with the sob stories.

  2. ringheadcrusher says:
    February 18, 2018 at 9:49 am
    Another millionaire whining about the hardships of playing a game and making millions. Cry me a freakin’ river. If you want the money because everyone else who does what you do gets it then say so. I don’t need to hear about how you miss the “simple things.” I bet you don’t miss “simple things”like figuring out how you’re going to pay you mortgage every month. Yeah, you should be making more. Do you – or any other football player on the planet – “deserve” more money? Absolutely not. But we’re not talking about what you deserve, we’re talking about your market value. So enough with the sob stories.

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    Hey, how about you be one of only 1800 people that can do your job at an extremely and get paid for it? If there were only 1800 Power Line workers, or only 1800 car mechanics…guess how much they would be getting paid? Give it a rest already. Youre just mad because you now realize that you wont ever become a paid athlete. Past your prime. Or maybe your still in your prime…and its just not that good.

  3. An o-lineman who saved the QB’s hide by stepping up at a position of need, whose contract was probably written in a way that didn’t anticipate all scenarios for his attainment of a performance based bonus, was given his bonus anyway, and that’s going to make a bunch of guys who have first hand proof that a team-first philosophy garners Lombardi trophis suddenly reverse field on that philosophy and start clamoring for their bonuses, too?

    I could be wrong, but I think you’re underestimate both the GM and the players on this one, especially Foles. Time will tell.

  4. Foles will handle it with Class. After what Foles did for fir Philly I think I speak for most Philly fans: Let Foles decide. If he wants to stay as the backup, keep him at his current contract. If he wants to be a starter, we should trade hm to a team with a good situation.

  5. Hey, how about you be one of only 1800 people that can do your job at an extremely and get paid for it?
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    Not to burst your bubble, but that 1800 is not a finite number when it comes to the people. Different players are in that group as the season goes along and they change every year. You are actually talking about the positions themselves, not the people filling them. By that logic, there are only x number of people working at a specific job so they should be highly paid. NFL players don’t get that much money because of their skill. They get absurd money because WE like the game and want to watch it which makes the broadcasts lucrative, which makes the advertising space lucrative which makes the NFL tons of money and much of that money is dispersed between teams and ultimately between players. They are not “special” as they are replaced by different guys EVERY year.

  6. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Not to burst your bubble, but that 1800 is not a finite number when it comes to the people. Different players are in that group as the season goes along and they change every year. You are actually talking about the positions themselves, not the people filling them. By that logic, there are only x number of people working at a specific job so they should be highly paid. NFL players don’t get that much money because of their skill. They get absurd money because WE like the game and want to watch it which makes the broadcasts lucrative, which makes the advertising space lucrative which makes the NFL tons of money and much of that money is dispersed between teams and ultimately between players. They are not “special” as they are replaced by different guys EVERY year.

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    No, this is you trying to make it complicated, like people with food and diets. Its simple. Calories in, calories out.

  7. Philly should personally compensate all their players fairly for their 3game playoff run, since the NFL only hands out pathetically small checks for the extra games played beyond the regular season. Seriously….if they made post season game checks the same as players regular season game checks, maybe more guys wouldn’t ‘secretly’ be glad they missed the playoffs and got more vacation time.

  8. A guy on just a 3 million salary gets 176,500 per game week regular season. Playoff game he gets 38,000. Is that worth risking your health for?? Get hurt in the playoffs while barely being compensated at all, and then get screwed for next seasons salary potentially.

  9. genericcommenter says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Why do so many guys who hate NFL players comment here?
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    Wondered the same thing until I realized that deep down it’s themselves that they hate.

  10. “Why do so many guys who hate NFL players comment here?”

    You know once upon a time people mostly used to just talk football on PFT. Sure it was a bit more acerbic at times and people could get a bit hot but it was still football talk.

    Now this is mostly a cesspool of complainers who hate one team or another and make it their sole mission to constantly make nasty posts that have nothing or little to do with football.

  11. No, this is you trying to make it complicated, like people with food and diets. Its simple. Calories in, calories out.
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    What was incorrect or complicated about what I said? The game has been around for a long time and 30 years ago the players did not make anything close to what they do now. The difference is not that today’s players are more skilled, nor is it due to some CBA magic. They get paid more now because of the popularity with fans and the ways that popularity can be monetized. Surely, free agency has had some impact but without the dollars put into the system by fans, networks and sponsors the players would not make what they do now. It has nothing at all to do with supreme skill or limited number of people in the league as the post I was responding to implied.

  12. I’m guessing that the same people that have a problem with athletes making millions of dollars but are okay with owners making 10x’s that are the same people that don’t have a problem with the top 1% getting massive tax breaks while the working poor get chump change…LOL.
    *Enjoy your tax refund sheep.

  13. Obama had problems with CIOs making $5M while making decisions affecting 10s of thousands of employees, but never questioning the movie ‘stars’ making $20Ms while playing a make believe roles…
    Now people have problems with other people’s money everywhere.

  14. I don’t think Philly will turn on Nick if he left.
    He brought us our first Lombardi. That’s forever.

  15. cobrala2 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    I don’t think Philly will turn on Nick if he left.
    He brought us our first Lombardi. That’s forever.
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    1. No, Philly fans wouldn’t. I remember people attacking us because they said we’d turn on McNabb after he was traded to the Redskins. What happened? When he returned in the uniform of a team in our division, we gave him a standing O when he was announced, and then went on to support our team. Eagles fans historically seem less likely than many others to turn on beloved players who end up on other teams.

    2. Foles can’t actually leave. He’s under contract for another year. The only way he could just leave would be to retire. As for the other wild speculation, Foles has never shown any signs of being the kind of player that would cause disruptions to try and force the issue.

    Unless the Eagles decide to trade him, Foles’ best option is to ride out his contract. It’s only got one year left on it, and it’s not like he’s going to be too old to peak any interest when it expires. Who knows, it’s very possible he’ll be starting games in the beginning of the season. Just because Wentz is hoping for a week one return, that doesn’t mean he’ll be ready to start week one.

  16. One more issue: The Eagles organization did a stand up thing for a player, and rather than give them credit for it, you’re trying to instigate trouble? Are you trying to encourage teams to screw over their players and never do anything but the bare minimum required by contract law? For all of the “players are getting screwed” articles on this site (and I agree with many of them), this seems like a really poor response to a team doing the opposite.

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