Chris Long: Nick Foles deserves input in his future

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As the Eagles decide what to do with quarterback Nick Foles, other players in the locker room are paying attention. And they believe that Foles deserves extra consideration based on his accomplishments on behalf of the franchise and the city in which it is located.

“Nick deserves the opportunity for input,” defensive end Chris Long told PFT Live last week. “I think it’s one of those unique situations where, you know, a lot of the times it is a business but this guy, undoubtedly. . . . I mean, they built a statue for him outside of the stadium. You don’t send him somewhere he doesn’t want to be or put him somewhere against his will. I think finding that sweet spot where he has some input and the team wins too if that’s the situation, I think everyone would respect that.”

Of course, it would be hard for any team to trade a potential starting quarterback to a team for which he doesn’t want to play. Starting quarterbacks need to be all in, arriving early, staying late, gathering teammates for offseason workouts beyond the formal offseason workout program, holding teammates accountable, etc. If a quarterback gets sent to a place where he doesn’t want to be, he won’t be all in — and he won’t be as effective as the team needs him to be.

The deeper question is whether Foles should have more than just input into his next destination. Foles arguably should be unfettered as to his next move, given the Super Bowl trophy he delivered to the franchise. Why would he want to go to a team like the Jaguars via trade when he could get more money by signing with the Jaguars on the open market — and when the Jaguars would keep the draft pick(s) that otherwise would be sent to Philly? That’s why Foles needs to be willing to fight this one, without regard to whether the Eagles get irritated with him for taking a stand.

Teams make decisions in their own best interests all the time. Players need to do the same thing, especially when they have the leverage to pull it off.

23 responses to “Chris Long: Nick Foles deserves input in his future

  1. Built a statue for him after winning 1 SB? Goes to show how sad the Eagles franchise is if they immortalize a guy for 1 ring. Didn’t he also get voted as the best Eagle player ever? There’s no Kurt Warner statue in St. Louis or Trent Dilfer statue in Baltimore or Brad Johnson statue in Tampa or Lyn Dawson statue in KC or Jim McMahon statue in Chicago. Either those teams didn’t appreciate their QBs or they didn’t want to treat their first SB like it’d be their last by immortalizing anybody from their championship teams. Guessin itit’s the latter

  2. Chris Long is right. I’m an Eagles fan and have been hoping the Eagles and Foles are on the same page with any deal. The “sweet spot” that Long refers to.
    But, if they are just holding Foles hostage without any behind the scenes consent and conversations than that is pretty reprehensible way to treat the Super Bowl MVP for the Eagles.
    Here is hoping everything is by Foles consent.

  3. I think it’s one of those unique situations where, you know, a lot of the times it is a business but…
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    No but. It’s a business and the bosses make the decisions.

  4. Wentz is another rg3 wentz is another Sam Bradford wentz at best is another Philip rivers show me a qb that wins super boles with wentz body type? Kapernick? Cam newton? Michael Vick? These types of qb don’t win

  5. Fire howie roseman worst gm in football gave Michael Vick 100 million dollars and now is getting rid of foles

  6. I hope he gets exactly what he wants. He deserves it and it would be great to see him lift a team up a bit that needs it. Miami would be interesting, seeing him play Brady at least 2 more times.

  7. The “Philly Special” statue is a little over the top seeing as they lined up in an illegal formation.

  8. Foles should be given some amount of extra consideration for delivering the championship victory. However, every team’s number one priority should always be ensuring that they have the best chance of winning in the future, and in this case, part of that equation is likely ensuring that the Eagles don’t have to face Foles twice every year because he went to the Giants. Should they tag Foles, it may well be less about the compensation than about getting him out of the division.

  9. The Eagles may have to eat this one. The Tag makes 25M a starting point in a trade/sign. If I were Foles, I’d take it and stay. If traded. then negotiate or not, depending on the situation.

    What if it’s ‘or not’ which leads to staying. So he DOES have input. The Eagles may be ‘stuck’ with him which might not be a bad thing. But if both QB’s are healthy and they start to lose, the locker room starts to divide. So it can be bad.

    Washington is stuck in injury cap hell with Smith.

    The Giants could have won 2 more games if the ball bounced right but no QB would have gotten them to the playoffs. No way they sign Foles, let alone trade for him with so many holes to fill.

    Jaguars have a cap problem with Bortles and only a rookie will save them. Or luck or Bortles morphs into a real QB.

    Denver still has another year with their over paid back-up. And they’re not that good with or without him.

    Miami has money and no QB. But they’re in rebuild mode so why pay 90M for a QB who will be gone when the team possibly gets good? You draft and pray.

    I don’t see a logical team until someone gets hurt. But logic is sometimes irrelevant.

    Foles is not some transcendental player. He came up huge. Duh. He can ‘manage’ your team to the promise land if your team is good. So what good teams with no QB want him? Maybe none.

    There is no Vikings this year. Not that that worked out.

    Last year 5 rookie QB’s started and kept their jobs. That’s 1983 all over again. ~1/6th of the league is no longer in the hunt.

    Might be playing in Philly and waiting for the inevitable.

  10. Sign the tag and stick it to them. If they’re going to be jerks the you be one too. Problem solved.

  11. So many dumb comments in here. 1st… it’s a business. And 2nd… Wentz is lightyears better than Foles if people actually knew the game and opened their eyes.. lol

  12. I don’t see Philadelphia tagging Foles as sticking it to him or doing him wrong. They are conceding top 5 QB salary for a year. As for the Jags, Redskins, Dolphins, etc. trading draft capital to get Foles, well there is a pretty good motivation behind that . . . if he hits free agency there is no guarantee he will sign with the team that sacrifices draft capital. Whereas they would have the exclusive rights to him for next season and be in the best position to give him a contract he will sign in order to avoid risk of injury next year. The $25M franchise tag number is the starting point for guaranteed money, with additional insulation for injury. So a team trades for him, the Eagles get draft picks, the other team signs him to a 4 year deal worth $80M with $35M guaranteed and injury clauses in the contract, Foles gets a big money contract . . . so what is the problem Florio? Remember it was the Eagles who took Foles off the NFL scrape heap and talked him into not retiring, so this was a win-win relationship and there is no reason and can’t be a win-win seperation.

  13. Justin Morris says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm
    So many dumb comments in here. 1st… it’s a business. And 2nd… Wentz is lightyears better than Foles if people actually knew the game and opened their eyes.. lol

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    I see your obnoxious posts on every Foles article.
    1. No one is arguing that Wentz is less talented than Foles.
    2. Their stats are very close so your bizarre comments that Wentz is far above Foles haven’t actually bore fruit in real games in reality.
    3. I also think that Wentz is who the Eagles should go with but I don’t need to diss Foles to praise Wentz like you apparently do.

  14. What people are not realizing is that Foles wants to be in Philly. They should work out a small 2-3 yr deal with him and let him find a place to be traded and sign long term or keep that contract. Foles prefers Philly as its comfortable and his family lives there and loves it.

  15. Justin Morris says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm
    So many dumb comments in here. 1st… it’s a business. And 2nd… Wentz is lightyears better than Foles if people actually knew the game and opened their eyes.. lol

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    wentzunder 500 this year foles won almost every game. the only thing that matters is foles fits the team much better case closed

  16. streetyson says:
    February 7, 2019 at 5:29 am
    The “Philly Special” statue is a little over the top seeing as they lined up in an illegal formation
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    Okay, again? Aside from the fact that Jeffrey checked with the line judge, do you really think that his footing was the difference maker?

  17. The illegal formation thing is getting a little old you have no argument Alshon checked 3 times it’s a judgment call the ref decided he was in the right spot end of conversation

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