Eagles expected to exercise $20M option on Nick Foles contract

Getty Images

After the Eagles lost to the Saints in the playoffs, quarterback Nick Foles said what sounded like goodbye to the Eagles but his exit from Philadelphia isn’t a straightforward one.

The Eagles have a $20 million contract option for next season and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they are expected to do just that to kick off a larger dance between team and player. Foles can buyout that option by paying the Eagles $2 million, which is made easier by hitting several incentives in his contract this year as well as the Eagles giving him a $1 million bonus he just missed qualifying for in the regular season.

That would put Foles in line to become a free agent, but the Eagles could further complicate that by using the franchise tag on Foles. That would allow the Eagles to trade him as long as Foles signs the tag, which comes with a salary in the neighborhood of $25 million.

It remains to be seen if that’s how things are going to play out, but the first step in the whole process appears to be on the way.

82 responses to “Eagles expected to exercise $20M option on Nick Foles contract

  1. If the Eagles are willing to tag Foles and pay him 25m, They should just roll with him and work out a long term contract now before they have to pay Wentz 30m a year in 2 years. Besides with the weak QB class in this years Draft, the Eagles might get 2 first round picks from the Jags or Dolphins.

  2. Maybe they’ll keep Foles and trade the over-rated, oft-injured Carson Wentz. At least Foles’s teammates don’t talk bad about him behind his back.

  3. Unless Howie Roseman confided in you, we have no idea what the Eagles are thinking, but it’s always fun to play the guessing game. I’d think the Eagles will entertain trade offers for Foles. I doubt they’d pay $20 million for a backup, instead of applying that money to players that are on the field. But Roseman is smarter than I am, so I’m anxious to see what they do.

  4. say what u want about the Vikings passing on Bridgewater but they were within their rights to 5th year option him a year ago and make it a lot harder for Teddy to find a new team. Instead they talked with him and released him outright so he was fully UFA. Eagles doing this is a jerk move, because they have ZERO intention of keeping him on as a $20m backup. Let him go, he won u a dang Super Bowl…

  5. Take the 20M and warm the bench in Philly! Going to another team, which could be a crappy team rebuilding, is iffy at best. We’ve seen that failure with Farve, Cousins, Palmer, Warner, Vick, etc, etc.

  6. I would think they they have already talk over the strategy of this ; as to which team he’d wish to join and how much salary he would seek and how long he would wait until he would make his own move .

  7. If I am correct, the Eagles have the least amount of salary cap space in the league. I think that I read somewhere they are actually over the salary cap already.

  8. The deal is already in the works. You can bet both Foles agent and the Eagles have a pretty good idea of his next team and have a trade all ready to go……….probably Jacksonville.

  9. I can see both sides here but if I were Foles I would buy out the contract. Teams franchise players because it’s cheaper to do so rather than give a long term deal. Right now Foles is hot. He needs to hit free agency sooner rather than later.

  10. Agreed, can the Eagles even afford to franchise tag him?

    I actually think the Eagles will make the biggest mistake in franchise history by going with Wentz.

  11. If I was Foles I’d take the money and stay. $20 million isn’t chump change to hold a clipboard until Wentz gets hurt again, he knows the team, the coaches and the city. Why go to Miami or Jacksonville

  12. I believe the Vikings would be in the trade market for Nick Foles, just too bad they don’t have the cap room to sign even the likes of Tannehill.

  13. No matter what this will work out just fine for Foles & the Eagles. Neither one can end up upset. I hope Foles gets his chance to be THE MAN on some team. I am a Denver fan and Elway gave Keenum 36 million for 2 yrs for us to win 6 games this year. I would rather have Foles. Foles only got 11 million for 2 yrs. Nick should pay the 2 million & see what happens. His next contract will be life changing and should be.

  14. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    They are planning to unload the boat anchor that is Carson Wentz

    This about the player that was a consensus MVP before his injury last year. You people have very short memories. In fact his stats this year were even better than last year. Did he get hurt? Yes, but those of us who actually watch football know his line had several hurt players right around the time he came back and they got healthy by the time Carson wasn’t and Nick went back in. It’s a team people, it’s not always about one player.
    No way they cut bait on Wentz, just won’t happen and it’s the right move. This has been the plan from the start and any fan of another team can cry all they want, but you are going to have to face Carson Wentz in Eagles green for many, many years.

  15. Eagles are in horrible cap shape for 2019 already. According to OverTheCap, that option on Foles will put them $18mil over the cap when the league year starts on March 13. And the franchise tag would make that $23mil. That’s a lot of cap space to clear in 6 weeks.

  16. Howie doesn’t do this without a deal already worked out IMO. Jax w/ DeFilippo is my educated guess. A 1st and a 3rd perhaps.

  17. It’s a great story and he has played great, but can he do this with another team? Other coaches? Other receivers? Other OL??
    Please Miami do NOT give up 1st rounders for him. It never works out.

  18. The Eagles should take that $20 Mil right from Ashlon ” I have the best hands in the NFL ! ” Jeffrey !!

  19. Lifelong Eagle fan. Wentz, like Kevin Kolb,is injury prone. When he gets hurt next year, the Eagles will be screwed. Have to say it. Fast forward 29 years or 2048. The Eagles will invite 59 year old Nick Foles back to Philly to honor him for 30th Anniversary of Super Bowl 52……their only Super Bowl victory.

  20. As an Eagles fan I love Nick Foles and will forever be grateful for what he brought us. That said, my fear is that he gets to free Agency and signs with the Giant. He would turn the Giants into an instant contender in the NFC what those offensive weapons. Hope Howie finds a way to trade him out of the Division

  21. agholor and michael bennet are a total of $16.6 mil. 0 dead money if they cut em both.
    that in itself almost gets you there. both arent necessary for future success

  22. Eagles need to keep foles they won’t win anything with wentz and wentz will get hurt again the better roster doesn’t win the better chemistry and right mix of guys win patriots don’t have the best roster yet they always win because of bradys presence and leadership . Wentz will get hurt or the team won’t play well with wentz then they are screwed if foles isn’t there . Wentz 2 out of 3 losing seasons. wentz can’t beat teams over 500. Foles this year beat a 12-4 bears team with best defense in football he beat the 13-3 Super Bowl Rams and 11 win Texans

  23. dutch388 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    They are planning to unload the boat anchor that is Carson Wentz

    This about the player that was a consensus MVP before his injury last year. You people have very short memories. In fact his stats this year were even better than last year. Did he get hurt? Yes, but those of us who actually watch football know his line had several hurt players right around the time he came back and they got healthy by the time Carson wasn’t and Nick went back in. It’s a team people, it’s not always about one player.
    No way they cut bait on Wentz, just won’t happen and it’s the right move. This has been the plan from the start and any fan of another team can cry all they want, but you are going to have to face Carson Wentz in Eagles green for many, many years.

    ———-
    A “consensus MVP” huh? Whose consensus was that exactly? I also remember hearing the same thing about Andy Dalton a few years back. And guess what….he and Wentz still have zero postseason wins between them.

  24. The Eagles sense that a cash strapped team in their division with an owner known for giving away draft picks and an incompetent GM who just blew his cover by announcing they are paying a QB $21 million who won’t play next year (or ever again), will try to trade for Wentz. Peterson and Foles will enjoy the next 8 years together while playing with 6 of Washington’s picks.

    Well played Snyder….well played.

  25. That 20 million would only be spread around to 2 or 3 players foles has a much greater impact as an eagle than 2 or 3 guys who are only there for money chemistry wins not the most talent . Remember the eagles dream team of 2011 and 2012? All the talent in the world no chemistry no leadership which is why eagles were a disaster. Wentz will get hurt or he won’t but they won’t win anything with him

  26. Knowing that Stephen Ross has very deep pockets it’s possible he’d be willing to to give up whatever the Eagles want for Foles….Ross is like a gut-shot dog – he’s capable of doing anything just nobody’s really sure WHAT he’ll actually do!
    But IF Grier is truly a smart GM – He alone knows & understands Miami is in rebuild mode and not in dire need of what will surely be an expensive QB in Foles.
    Tannehill isn’t worth a stale loaf of bread in trade value but if offered I’d take it for him!
    Luke Falk has looked good in preseason so why not give him a shot a starting or at very least sign another journeyman to compete for a starting job?

  27. upnorthvikesfan says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    Hope you like Miami, Nick. But then again, how couldn’t it be better than Philly….

    —-

    Well it is better than Minnesota. Especially when you consider the morons.

    I’m sorry I must have hit the ENTER key too soon. I meant the morons who acquired Kirk Cousins. I am not a long term fan of Foles but he was a smarter pick than Cousins. SKOL!

  28. It’s really surprising to read all these negative comments on Wentz. I’m not an Eagles fan or Wentz fan, but from what I’ve seen Wentz is a top 10 QB. Wentz’s problem has been injuries.

    The team knows better than any of us the real situation with Wentz’s back. If it is a chronic problem, they need to find a way to keep Foles. If not, regrettably for them they are going to have to let Foles go. The cap forces teams to make difficult decisions sometimes.

  29. famundacheese says:
    February 2, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    Super Bowl winning GM Howie Roseman is an idiot. I hope he reads these comments so he gets some ideas of how to put together a team.
    **************
    Howie roseman has never won a playoff game let alone super bowl without Nick foles

  30. @famundacheese says:
    February 2, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    Super Bowl winning GM Howie Roseman is an idiot. I hope he reads these comments so he gets some ideas of how to put together a team.
    ***************
    Foles won the Super Bowlwhat has howie ever won without foles?

  31. dutch388 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    They are planning to unload the boat anchor that is Carson Wentz

    This about the player that was a consensus MVP before his injury last year. You people have very short memories. In fact his stats this year were even better than last year. Did he get hurt? Yes, but those of us who actually watch football know his line had several hurt players right around the time he came back and they got healthy by the time Carson wasn’t and Nick went back in. It’s a team people, it’s not always about one player.
    No way they cut bait on Wentz, just won’t happen and it’s the right move. This has been the plan from the start and any fan of another team can cry all they want, but you are going to have to face Carson Wentz in Eagles green for many, many years.

    ———-
    A “consensus MVP” huh? Whose consensus was that exactly? I also remember hearing the same thing about Andy Dalton a few years back. And guess what….he and Wentz still have zero postseason wins between them.

    I don’t know why people are arguing with these “geniuses”. Just proof positive you can’t fix stupid.

    70 tds in LESS than 3 seasons. 10K passing already. 6’5 235.

    This Mensa member compares him to Dalton. Dalton has a career HIGH of 33 tds in a season. Wentz’s 2nd year throws for 33 tds…BY WEEK 11. Btw, Dalton needed 11 tds in the final month of his THIRD year to get that number. Andy Dalton. Right.

    It’s just jealousy. Nothing more. Oft injured? I seem to remember a free agent QB from the West Coast that missed 5 games in 3 years as a starter, coming off shoulder surgery, and everyone thought his new team was CRAZY for signing him because he’s “damaged goods”. See Brees, Drew. I seem to remember a 5 time champion NFL QB blowing out his knee in Game 1 in year 5. See Brady, Tom. An absolute lock HOF QB is cut by his first team because of age and a potentially career ending injury. See Manning, Peyton. Injuries happen. It’s part of the game. The SAGES on this board haven’t a clue. They just don’t want to see him dominate. Yes, he WAS the consensus MVP choice in 2017. As much as you don’t want to admit it.

    Cue the sycophant Patriot fans that babble about not having won a postseason game yet. Because, ya know, injury is Wentz’s fault.

    You just can’t fix stupid.

  32. Why would Foles let the Eagles trade him somewhere and also cost that team multiple draft picks when he could just buy himself out and save his team of choice draft picks?? Eagle fans are crazy if they think they are getting a trade.

  33. Cole Thornton says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Lifelong Eagle fan. Wentz, like Kevin Kolb,is injury prone. When he gets hurt next year, the Eagles will be screwed. Have to say it. Fast forward 29 years or 2048. The Eagles will invite 59 year old Nick Foles back to Philly to honor him for 30th Anniversary of Super Bowl 52……their only Super Bowl victory.

    “life long”

    All of 13 years.

  34. jackedupboonie says:
    February 2, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Why would Foles let the Eagles trade him somewhere and also cost that team multiple draft picks when he could just buy himself out and save his team of choice draft picks?? Eagle fans are crazy if they think they are getting a trade.

    When has the team E V E R did him wrong? When he was traded the FIRST TIME, the presnt GM/Head coach wasn’t responsible for it. That was Chip Kelly.

    Remember, even the coach that DRAFTED him, didn’t want him two seasons ago. That was Andy Reid in Kansas City. Even as a backup. But Howie took him back, because he was here in 2012 when Reid drafted him.

    Think about this: The only reason Foles was traded was because a head coach with total control over player management with ZERO NFL experience, traded him. He NEVER lost the job. His season ended with a broken collarbone in week 9 in 2014 and was traded in the offseason. You could even go as far as saying if that didn’t happen, Carson Wentz might not have been drafted by Philadelphia.

    The team has never done Nick Foles wrong. Why would they start now? They gave him a BIG raise last offseason and gave him the bonuses that he just fell short of.

    People don’t understand what kind of a PERSON Nick Foles really is. But the vitrol is going to be HILARIOUS when both he AND THE EAGLES make out well in the trade.

  35. All-American Voltron says:
    February 2, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    say what u want about the Vikings passing on Bridgewater but they were within their rights to 5th year option him a year ago and make it a lot harder for Teddy to find a new team. Instead they talked with him and released him outright so he was fully UFA. Eagles doing this is a jerk move, because they have ZERO intention of keeping him on as a $20m backup. Let him go, he won u a dang Super Bowl…

    LOL. So your team can sign him, right?

  36. joetoronto says:
    February 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    You had to see this coming, Wentz will get shopped around.

    Not quite. But you can keep hoping!

  37. Whatever happens next with Foles the one certainty is the guy is getting PAID, which isn’t bad for a man who was ready to quit football altogether not so long ago. Not forgetting the ring and being a hero in Philly for the rest of his life, sometimes you couldn’t make this stuff up.

  38. Foles might be having a 20 million option exercised on him, but it doesn’t really mean anything. If Nick wants to start week 1, he will want to be a free agent and choose his next destination. The Eagles basically gifted him his 2 million buy out in not quite obtained bonuses. If I’m Foles, no way do I want to have my new team give up draft capital and add pressure to my plate on top of that. He’s either shaking hands and parting before free agency, or the Eagles are seriously going to consider trading Wentz.

  39. Texans fan here, and last place I want Foles is in Jacksonville. That being said, why would Foles stay with the Eagles for $20 mil, only to see them trade him to Jacksonville for a good haul of picks? All he has to do is opt out, make Jacksonville pay him the $2 million it cost him, and save all those picks to help surround him.
    The Eagles don’t want Foles, they are making a $2 million business move. They have no cap money

  40. “Wentz, like Kevin Kolb,is injury prone”

    The biggest difference between the two is that Wentz actually has talent and if he can stay healthy for a full season (granted….big IF), he is quite capable of leading the Eagles to another Super Bowl title.

  41. upnorthvikesfan says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    Hope you like Miami, Nick. But then again, how couldn’t it be better than Philly…
    —-
    2 more seasons of that 3 year 80+mil guaranteed for cousins. Suck on that for 2 more years.

  42. upnorthvikesfan says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Hope you like Miami, Nick. But then again, how couldn’t it be better than Philly….
    ………………………………………….
    YO ! how’s Cousins workin’ out for ya ?

  43. steves11 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    “Wentz, like Kevin Kolb,is injury prone”

    The biggest difference between the two is that Wentz actually has talent and if he can stay healthy for a full season (granted….big IF), he is quite capable of leading the Eagles to another Super Bowl title
    *******
    Dummy talent doesn’t win games chemistry and leadership wins games that’s why wnetz with his talent can’t beat a team over 500 Wentz under 500 this year with team that won Super Bowl

  44. @steves11 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    “Wentz, like Kevin Kolb,is injury prone”

    The biggest difference between the two is that Wentz actually has talent and if he can stay healthy for a full season (granted….big IF), he is quite capable of leading the Eagles to another Super Bowl title
    ********
    Biggest difference is Wentz loses abs foles wins case closed

  45. Miami is not investing money into a high priced FA or trade. That talking point should be put to bed. Next year Miami will be on the hook for Tannehill’s and Suhs dead money.

    It was just reported the owner of the Phins is enamored with Tua from Alabama.

    So Foles will have takers, Miami isn’t one of them.

  46. Look at all the guys with poetnatial stafford bradford Philip rivers cam Newton there is a reason Brady always wins it’s about character and leadership it’s all intangibles foles has all those qualities that Brady has

  47. That’s not a bad idea. Wentz is still on his rookie contract so they can afford to do this. It also may be a way for Philly to get something for him via a trade. It’s not a bad deal for Foles either when you consider his career NFL earnings are ~$33.1M and that figure includes ~$11M from last year. It’s a remarkable career turnaround for Foles. I doubt anyone would have ever expected it–including Foles himself.

  48. I so hope Foles takes Florios advise and pays the two million buyout, and Philly Tags him then he announces that he wont sign a long term deal and is a 25 million backup. I love a good soap opera when its not my team.

  49. averagjoe
    Palmer took the Cardinals to the NFC Championship Game and Warner led them to the Super Bowl. I would say that turned out pretty well for them.
    if it wasn’t for Warner’s time with the Cardinals he wouldn’t be in the HOF.

  50. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    A “consensus MVP” huh? Whose consensus was that exactly? I also remember hearing the same thing about Andy Dalton a few years back. And guess what….he and Wentz still have zero postseason wins between them.

    ——————————

    Who’s consensus?…………Ummmm, every smart football analyst said it was in the bag before he tore his ACL. Like I said…….short memory people and haters won’t agree….which are youse?

    You gave Dalton 12 years to win a playoff game..but only give Carson three? And one of them his rookie year when they had Chip Kelly hangover? Two of them he can’t play cause he is hurt? Get a clue…..then watch him play.
    Forget it….I know I won’t win you over………..don’t need to and neither does Carson.

  51. Wentz cant beat a team over 500 Wentz 6-7 this year Wentz 7-9 in 2016 Eagles averaged 28 points in regular season with foles and averaged 22 with Wentz they play much better with foles that is the only thing that matters

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.