Report: Eagles expected to use franchise tag if Nick Foles buys out option

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Saturday afternoon brought a report that the Eagles are going to exercise their $20 million option on quarterback Nick Foles‘ contract this offseason.

That move will likely be followed by Foles buying out the option year by paying the Eagles $2 million. That would set him up for free agency unless the Eagles decide to use the franchise tag.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Eagles plan to do just that when and if Foles buys out the option. Per the report, the Eagles’ intent is to trade the quarterback to another team for at least a third-round pick.

That could be their compensation if Foles were to leave as a free agent after buying out his option, but the pick acquired in a trade would presumably come in 2019 rather than 2020. The pick could also fail to materialize if the Eagles are otherwise active in bringing in free agents this offseason.

Schefter adds that teams have already inquired about trading for Foles, who would have to sign his franchise tender in order for a deal to go through.

35 responses to “Report: Eagles expected to use franchise tag if Nick Foles buys out option

  1. Foles’ gold (get it?). Foles has had some great games (hasn’t almost every other QB?), but there’s no evidence that he can sustain that throughout most of his remaining career, let alone several seasons.

  2. He should have had it built into his contract that they couldn’t franchise him if he bought out his option. Philly could at least let him go to FA, they have to squeeze a pick out of him?

  3. There’s an assumption by the haters the destination isnt already agreed upon and the trade is done in effect.

  4. He doesn’t want to leave anyway he will gladly sit the bench for 20million I wouldn’t trade anything for him

  5. Why wouldn’t the Eagles get everything they can for Foles? Failure to do so would be gross negligence. Would any of you naysayers sell your house for $200k less than it’s worth just because you loved living there?

  6. vargavarga says:

    Gee.. You win us our only SB and we’ll dictate where your family can live, smh.
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    It’s called business. They just gave him a million dollar bonus that they didn’t have to.

  7. You gotta lay the guy too so I really can’t see anyone paying anything more than a 3rd for him. Sorry 31 year old QBs who have started 16 games only one time shouldn’t garner anything more than that.

  8. mysterytonite says:

    February 2, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    You gotta lay the guy too so I really can’t see anyone paying anything more than a 3rd for him. Sorry 31 year old QBs who have started 16 games only one time shouldn’t garner anything more than that

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    That’s an odd contractual obligation.

  9. In that super bowl he faced no defense …the pats best player was held out because belichek the lunatic be wanted to get back at Brady and the krafts for not letting him trade Brady to Cleveland for their 1 and 4 overall….. also.on the Phil special…5 in the backfield that phila got away with…a missed fg missed extra point…that’s how phila won it…. belichek plays defense and adjusts…Butler their best defender plays… foles has a 180 yd game and phila loses…. believe it Philla….

  10. Nick Foles < Tom Brady. At least for one night, a year ago he was. Just wait for the Jared Goff comments. 🤔😉

  11. The Eagles ownership lives Foles but at the end of the day all Foles did was his job. Whether he won a ring or not it was what he was paid to do. And I add paid VERY well for it. He was the highest paid backup QB in football and made more then alot of starters.

    So if Foles didn’t win a ring last year should the Eagles had deducted money? No, of course not. Foles did his job as Howie is by trying to do what’s best for the Eagles..not Nick Foles. Wentz is the future and Foles will always be loved but, it’s best for the team to TRADE Foles not let him go for nothing. Trust me a deal is already done. If the couldn’t get a deal done on the low, they would have just cut him but several teams are willing to trade for him.

  12. Nick has not been screwed. Trust me, his agent is in on this whole deal and a few trade partners have already been set up. What is not to like? Nick would like to go to a team to start. The Eagles are going to see he gets his chance. A third rounder is pretty reasonable seeing as how they turned down a second rounder last year.
    Make the trade Howie………Nick is OK with it in Jacksonville.

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    42trombone says:
    February 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm
    In that super bowl he faced no defense …the pats best player was held out because belichek the lunatic be wanted to get back at Brady and the krafts for not letting him trade Brady to Cleveland for their 1 and 4 overall….. also.on the Phil special…5 in the backfield that phila got away with…a missed fg missed extra point…that’s how phila won it…. belichek plays defense and adjusts…Butler their best defender plays… foles has a 180 yd game and phila loses…. believe it Philla….

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    Philly was missing half their roster patriots were missing one garbage player belichick was so outcoached that had philly been healthier they would have put up 50 or even 60

  14. Are you guys serious? You people do realize its a business right? I’d be ticked off if Howie Roseman wasn’t trying to get stuff for Foles, he wouldn’t be doing his job otherwise.

  15. andy81277 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    Wentz can’t beat a team over 500

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    Panthers, Cowboys, and Rams of last season say hi. Colts this season also say hi.

  16. So he’s going to spend $2 million, including a $1 million bonus the team just paid him that he didn’t technically earn, and bump his salary up by $5 million? Then maybe get traded to a team that will extend him with more guaranteed money? Maybe he should be selling investment advice.

  17. Eagles aren’t screwing Foles at all. They gave him million dollar bonus without having too, and I am sure that any trade will be with his approval. The reason for the shenanigans is timing, Eagles, must exercise by X date or lose all rights, Foles must buy out by X days later or lose his rights, he may actually be traded in that window, failing that the Eagles must use FT or lose his rights, and if he is traded you can be guaranteed that he has a deal in place. Plus only a few teams really in the mix, Broncos, Jags, Dolphins and ?? plus competing against Flaco.

    Foles is also independently wealthy (family is multi-millionaire restaurateurs). This is a partnership deal all the way to get Foles paid, a starting job a team he is satisfied with and the Eagles a pick.

  18. Not a smart move by the Eagles. They get a sure fire 3rd rounder in 2020 if they just let him walk. I get that they want to maximize what they can receive, but other teams know the Eagles cannot afford to pay Foles given their cap situation for 2019. So they just just sit back and wait.

  19. I agree with several that have already commented. A deal is already in place or should be soon. I think Jacksonville or Miami. (Because of their high positions in the 3rd round). It will be a 2019 3rd round pick, otherwise the Eagles would get a compensatory 3rd round pick in 2020. Makes sense they have already agreed to a trade with a team picking in the top 10 of round 3.

  20. Dang people. Foles isn’t worth that.

    Look at the current QB market. Every single team has an internal option or the ability to draft someone at a much cheaper rate. Yes he is only 30 and that is “young” for todays QBs but you miss the point that he will want 20+ million before he even snaps a ball on top of the fact you need to trade for him.

    No GM with any kind of clue is going to give up significant draft capital for a guy they immediately have to pay 20+ million for that hasn’t played a full season, and has just a few stretch runs. Just isn’t going to happen.

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