Eagles’ apparent tag-and-trade plan for Nick Foles would violate the CBA

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With the contract dance between the Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles already progressing to the point at which the final decision rests in the hands of the team, the player needs to take full advantage of his leverage. And he has plenty.

With the Eagles apparently hoping to tag and trade Foles, Foles and his representatives should be prepared to counter any attempt to block his path to the open market, either by persuading the Eagles not to do it or by challenging the effort, or both.

First, Foles should take the position that, if the Eagles apply the franchise tag, he’ll immediately accept it, putting him under contract for 2019 at roughly $25 million, fully guaranteed. That’s cash and cap dollars that will apply to Foles on the Eagles’ books, unless and until Foles is traded. Foles also should make it clear that he won’t be signing a long-term deal, with the Eagles or anyone else. That would make it much harder to trade him, since his new team would be stepping into a Kirk Cousins-style conundrum, which would entail Foles costing $25 million for 2019 and, if tagged again, $30 million for 2020.

That could be enough to scare away any team that believes it will parlay a trade for Foles into a long-term deal, especially if the team wants to pay less than $55 million over the first two years. In turn, that could persuade the Eagles not to tag Foles in the first place.

Second, Foles and his agents should challenge the franchise tag, if it’s applied. Article 4, Section 8, subsection (b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states as follows: “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” If the Eagles would simply be tagging Foles to trade him, Foles should invoke this provision and fight the tag, via an expedited grievance that would be resolved before the start of free agency.

What could the Eagles say in response? Whatever it is, Foles should force them to try to come up with something other than what their strategy for the tag would apparently be: A placeholder aimed at getting the Eagles a draft pick now instead of a compensatory pick later. If the Eagles attempt with the straight face to argue that this isn’t the plan, Foles should use this ESPN report as the starting point for a scorched-earth effort to review text messages and emails to determine whether and to what extent the Eagles have spoken to other teams about a tag and trade.

Yes, the Eagles have the right under the rules to tag Foles. But unless they truly intend to employ Foles at the amount of the tag for 2019, they’re abusing the rules. Is that how the Eagles should be showing gratitude to the quarterback who delivered the team’s only Super Bowl championship?

That’s a question Foles and his agents should be asking now, as the Eagles finalize their strategy. With so many people seemingly accepting the idea that the Eagles have every right to tag and trade Foles, the sooner Foles and his agents make sure everyone realizes that: (1) the strategy isn’t appropriate; and (2) Foles will fight it, the more likely the Eagles will possibly decide to do the right thing and let Foles hit the open market.

102 responses to “Eagles’ apparent tag-and-trade plan for Nick Foles would violate the CBA

  1. Just take the comp pick and move on, Howie. Don’t try to milk this guy for everything he’s worth after what he did for your team. Foles deserves the respect of being allowed to the market. Don’t make it painful for him.

  2. You’re assuming that Foles wouldn’t want to be traded. It’s doubtful that he’d get more than $25 million on the open market. This way he would be guaranteed that amount. I don’t think he should fight it at all.

  3. Would Foles be better signing the tag immediately or telling the Eagles that he won’t sign the tag until the very last second that he has to? They can’t trade him until he signs the tag, if he refuses to sign it then his trade value immediately drops. The Eagles also have to have the space under the cap for him whether he’s signed or not, as soon as they tag him. And he can file the grievance on it regardless.

    So which gives him more power over his situation: signing the tag and the Eagles being able to trade him anywhere they want once a team offers them anything. Or him not signing the tag, them not being able to trade him, and them not having that $25 million in cap space?

  4. Lol. Howie and Foles’ representation are both on the same page, hence everything moving so quickly according to protocol. You act like the Eagles won’t do right by Nick and there is all of this potential bad blood between the two sides. Eagles and Foles’ representation have been discussing this for a long time now. Figure back to when the Eagles gave Nick a bonus that he truly didn’t earn- just out of respect. There is plenty good faith between the two sides and your story suggests that this will come to a boiling point. Watch the play out as painlessly as possible with both sides happy in the end…

  5. Foles Should be able to go anywhere he likes, including within the division.

    The Eagles worked this contract voodoo to create mutual benefit in an unusual situation, and Foles has responded by bailing out two consecutive Eagles seasons in a row. If they don’t want to sign him, then not messing with his career prospects is the least they can do.

    The Eagles may still be good, but there’s no doubt they’ll be worse off without him. They’ll be in for a fight in the division next season – doubly so if Alex Smith returns.

  6. I hope he ends up on another team. Then, we can finally see what a lot of people have been saying about Carson Wentz. He’s injury prone, he had one great season and people are crowning him, and he’s just not lucky. Think of Wentz as Peyton Manning and then in the playoffs, Nick Foles is Eli Manning. It sure seems like it. Foles has made more impactful plays in the biggest moments.

  7. Sure — the Eagles and the Foles camps are sitting around the fire holding hands signing kumbaya, and if the Eagles tag Foles and send him to a lousy team for better trade value rather than letting Foles have the free choice to pick a better team he prefers, Foles will happily send the Eagles a basket of fruit in thanks.

  8. the funniest thing is the eagles are already 16 million over cap. Playing games might really bite them in the you know what.

  9. “It’s doubtful that he’d get more than $25 million on the open market.”

    Not for 1 year perhaps, but I can easily see him getting 3 years 60 million, 40 million guaranteed. That’s what this is all about, creating the biggest lump sum payment for Foles that he can possibly get. Possibly even 3 years 75 mil / 50 guaranteed given the shortage of decent QBs.

  10. The only way Eagles are franchising Foles is if they have a pre-arranged deal worked out and Foles is on board with it. They’re not going to tag him with the hopes of maybe we can find a trade and maybe Nick will be okay with it.

  11. Foles doesn’t want the franchise tag for the same reason that La’Veon Bell didn’t want the franchise tag. 5-years for 120 million with 70 million guaranteed is much better than 1-year for 25 million guaranteed. You never know when you’re going to get a major injury in the NFL. Next, it looks like Foles is holding all the cards here – he has a plethora of ways he can screw over Philly if they franchise him. Philly should let him hit the open market and stop playing with fire for a draft pick. They’ll probably get a third round compensation pick anyway if they just let him walk.

  12. Howie roseman worst gm in the league gave michale Vick a 100 million dollars same gm that has never won anything without foles your an idiot if you keep wentz

  13. Twenty-five million. Foles won a Super Bowl, he did not win the Super Bowl. The guy who strip sacked Brady actually won the game. Anyone paying $25 mil for one year is a fool, current team included.

  14. eagleslakers says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    The only way Eagles are franchising Foles is if they have a pre-arranged deal worked out and Foles is on board with it. They’re not going to tag him with the hopes of maybe we can find a trade and maybe Nick will be okay with it.
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    You mean Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas know what they’re doing??? I thought they might operate like some of these knuckleheads posting here…

  15. I thought it odd that he could buy out his contract and then they could turn around and tag him. After what he’s done for them you’d think they wouldn’t try to bleed him dry….

  16. campcouch says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    Twenty-five million. Foles won a Super Bowl, he did not win the Super Bowl. The guy who strip sacked Brady actually won the game. Anyone paying $25 mil for one year is a fool, current team included.
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    Tom Brady scored 13 points this year and won Super Bowl Brady scored 33 points last year and lost because foles put up 41 points foles won the super bowl

  17. I imagine the eagles argument will be that they’ve always demonstrated “good faith” with Foles by giving him extra money when they didnt really have to (last year when they gave him the pay bump and his incentive driven contract in which they gave him his $1m bonus that he technically didnt earn), and exercising this $20m option. Its probably a faulty argument, but the NFL cant try an litigate the future THAT TOO would send a dangerous precedent.

  18. @campcouch says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    Twenty-five million. Foles won a Super Bowl, he did not win the Super Bowl. The guy who strip sacked Brady actually won the game. Anyone paying $25 mil for one year is a fool, current team included.

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    Eagles defense gave up 33 points the only guy that won was foles

  19. “The only way Eagles are franchising Foles is if they have a pre-arranged deal worked out and Foles is on board with it.”

    That alone probably violates the CBA. But all that aside, players need to max out their earning power. They’re not interested in doing favors for teams. They’re not fans. No way Foles is on-board to some scheme to do the Eagles good at his expense because he loves them so much. Try this simple test … work at your job for free for one week … give back one weeks salary. Right … neither would Foles.

  20. “Foles won a Super Bowl, he did not win the Super Bowl. The guy who strip sacked Brady actually won the game. Anyone paying $25 mil for one year is a fool, current team included.”
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    Right, that one play decided the game. And Foles 373 yards, 3 TD passes, and 7 scoring drives had nothing to do with it.

  21. While correct, didn’t the Pats do exactly the same thing with Matt Castle? While Brady was coming back from an injury, no one though the Pats would move onm

  22. what if the eagles *actually* want to keep foles another year and are willing to pay 25m in case wentz gets hurt yet again? this would allow them to see if wentz can (a) make it through a season and (b) play at a high level. With him still on a rookie deal, this is financially workable i would guess.

  23. Should have traded him last year. At least they would have gotten something for him besides a comp pick. It would be funny if they tagged him but were unable to trade him.

  24. Maybe they are tangoing together. I am all for Foles to be able to pick the team he wants to go. However, Florio makes it sound that somehow the Eagles are treating him unfairly. His contract was revised in 2018 to give him opportunity to earn more money. They may still be working together to find a landing spot etc etc. And additionally Roseman doesn’t need any reminders or warnings from Foles on Cap numbers. Not everything is evil.

  25. tcostant says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:48 pm
    While correct, didn’t the Pats do exactly the same thing with Matt Castle? While Brady was coming back from an injury, no one though the Pats would move onm
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    The players CBA contract back may have had different language also. The current contract went into effect in 2011.

  26. Umm, the Eagles just exercised their option to pay BDN 20 mil for 2019. He used his option to opt out, 2 mil. This kind of shows their intent to franchise for 25 mil for 2019. If your vision was going to happen, but it is not. You listen to too much Philly sports talk radio.

    Eagles have said nothing, they had to use or not, their option, so BDN could opt out. It had to happen that way so Foles could be a free agent now. He walks wherever he finds the best deal and the Eagles get a third next year. You should be finding his best landing spot, not believing the people who think any of this is true.

  27. Why assume they have an adversarial relationship? What would Foles hope to gain from filing a grievance? He makes 25 million either way. I’ve always assumed Foles was on board with whatever the plan is.

  28. nozwetrust says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    keep Foles – trade Wentz

    A healthy average QB is better than a very good QB who is always hurt

    There are exceptions. Kurt Warner only started 16 games 3 times in 12 years. In all 3 he went to the Super Bowl.

  29. All this BS talk and speculation seems to assume that Howie never looked ahead and negotiated the agreed way this would play out. Howie had all the leverage when he signed Nick and created that odd contract. You can’t tell me that Howie did not talk through how the Eagles would want Nick to agree to work with them. Also Nick has had only great things to say about the Eagles organization and he does not seem to be focused on dollars like most players. I believe they have an agreed plan in place from the time the contract was signed. Howie is too smart to not have worked that out ahead of time!

  30. He’s certainly not worth $55 million over two years. I bet somethings going on under the table here with another team.

  31. CHURCHILL says:
    February 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    Figure back to when the Eagles gave Nick a bonus that he truly didn’t earn…
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    I would gladly pay you $1M knowing you are going to be forced to give me $2M and the fans will point to that $1M and say what a good guy I was. I walk away with an additional mil and the good will. Pleasure doing business with you…

  32. Tom Brady wins the super bowl or is in the super bowl every single season wentz can’t beat a team over 500 smh. Keep foles

  33. halfcentaur says:
    February 6, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    Just take the comp pick and move on, Howie. Don’t try to milk this guy for everything he’s worth after what he did for your team. Foles deserves the respect of being allowed to the market. Don’t make it painful for him.

    —————

    Let’s not forget what the Eagles did for him. He was out of the league until the Eagles brought him in as a backup. Now he’s in line for a sizable payday. I’d say they both benefited from this relationship.

  34. Eagles have a dilemma. They can’t succeed with just one QB. They need Wentz to take them 3/4th of the way into the regular season, but Wentz can’t give them more than that. So they need a rested a charmed Foles to take them the rest of the way. It’s an expensive division of labor but to snub it is to look a gift horse in the mouth.

  35. Uh. Two years ago the Eagles looks extremely strong and it wasn’t just the offense, or the quarterback position for that matter. Maybe the Jags would be a good fit….

  36. It seems wrong to me to write a contract allowing a player to buy out the contract for $2,000,000 and then tag the player, keeping him with the team. Of course the next time this happens the Agent/lawyer better put in a no tag clause with the buyout option.

    Personslly, I would sign the tag and then go to court to get the $2M back as it was offered and paid and accepted under potentially false pretenses.

  37. The Eagles are letting the wrong QB go and now they are starting to look like sheisters doing it.

    Goff’s showing in the Super Bowl is all the more reason for the Eagles to keep the QB who has proven repeatedly to be clutch.

  38. I have a feeling Howie Roseman, Nick Foles, and Foles’ agent already have it all worked out. The Eagles teed one up for Foles, and he hit it out of the park. The fact that Foles is in position to make so much money has a lot to do with The Eagles putting Foles in a great situation. Foles isn’t a knucklehead. He sees the money guys like Case Keenum and Alex Smith are making. He’s already holding the winning lottery ticket. I don’t see Foles as a trouble maker sort. He’s all class. There will be no fight between Foles and the Eagles. Only love.

  39. quit telling people what they should do. Maybe Foles is darn happy getting paid 25 mil to be a back up and not get hurt or maybe if he declines he won’t get $55 million for the next 2 years.

  40. frodoftw7 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Uh. Two years ago the Eagles looks extremely strong and it wasn’t just the offense, or the quarterback position for that matter.
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    A few years of anywhere from bad to meh followed by few years of good to excellent is actually the parity driven goal of the current wage scale draft/FA/cap design.

  41. Eagles: “Nick, you ok if we tag you and trade you to a team out of our division that will sign you to a new 9-figure contract?”
    Foles: “Yup.”

  42. nitro276 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm
    The Eagles are letting the wrong QB

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    You are wrong. Wentz > Foles and it ain’t even close.

  43. jessica jones says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    Tom Brady wins the super bowl or is in the super bowl every single season wentz can’t beat a team over 500 smh. Keep foles
    ———————

    You are not very bright. Wentz beat Panthers and Rams and cowboys last season (all winning teams) he beat the colts this sesson… just sit down.

    Wentz > Foles

  44. frodoftw7 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Uh. Two years ago the Eagles looks extremely strong and it wasn’t just the offense, or the quarterback position for that matter. Maybe the Jags would be a good fit….
    ************
    wrong 2 years ago eagles went 7-9 with wentz before foles showed up

  45. This dance benefits Foles and the Eagles.. why on earth would he fight it when he can work with the Eagles to find an amicable solution that puts him on another team, with a much better salary, and nets the Eagles a pick in return. There just isn’t any reason to create the drama here. It’s too easy to find a win win win and to create another win by showing players that you’ll do the best thing for them when their time comes.

  46. Brian Martinez says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    Howie roseman worst gm in the league gave michale Vick a 100 million dollars same gm that has never won anything without foles your an idiot if you keep wentz
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    Man you Wentz doubters are gonna look real stupid soon lol.

  47. @FootballSeasonRules

    Your analogy is labored and quite a bit off.

    Peyton Manning has 2 SuperBowl Victories and is 5x MVP.

    Let’ see.. Wentz had one good PARTIAL season, then was hurt, and then had another partial LOUSY season and got hurt and has NO playoff games even PLAYED.

    So, in what UNIVERSE is Wentz like Peyton Manning? Geesh. What a dumb comment.

  48. defense gave up 23 vs rams and 30 vs texans after foles took over they gave up more points than in 5 of wentz losses which shows how much better foles fits the team

  49. I remember the Eagles making a statement about how they appreciated what Foles has done for the Eagles, and would do right by Foles. I guess that no longer applies.

  50. You have to think there’s been discussions between Foles, his agent and the team about this whole thing.

  51. Who said it was the plan to tag him? I think they were going to let him hit free agency but they wanted that bonus money back. I’m sure this has been discussed by them since midseason.

  52. Redskins fans held out hope that RG3 would return to his rookie of the year form…for 3 years…

    Now we get enjoy iggles fans hopelessly believe 2017 Wentz will come walking through that door…

  53. Seems like the Eagles would clearly be in violation of the CBA if they franchise tag him just to trade him.
    What a mess! As an Eagles fan and a fan of Foles I hope they can work something out before it comes to that.

  54. The Eagles know all of this, and that’s why the most likely scenario is they’ll have to let Foles walk. The funny thing is, the Patriots tagged and traded Matt Cassel back in 2009 in exactly the same way. Everyone and their mother knew the Pats had every intention of trading him, but the NFL let them get away with it anyway.

  55. Foles had nowhere to go but play second fiddle with the Eagles. As long as Wentz was there. He wants to be the top man there. Not play second fiddle.

  56. Foles effectively gets veto power over any trade anyways.

    No team will trade for him without the framework for a ling term deal. And Foles needs to agree to any deal.

  57. Foles has to have the desire to be a starter for a NFL team again. The Eagles have been very upfront this is Carson Wentz’s team. So why would Foles want to resign with the Eagles no matter if the tag him or not.

  58. 1st off any team trading for him whether he says he will sign long term or not will be expected to pay about 55 million over the 1st 2 years since he will already be tagged at 25 million the likelihood is the 2nd year would be at least 27.5. 2nd Foles can’t prove they only plan to tag and trade him. Even if they’ve spoken to teams all they have to say is their doing their due diligence and that although keeping him is their top option(whether it is or not) like every player their going to explore ways to improve their roster. 3rd Its likely the eagles have already put in place a plan in case Foles decides to wait to sign til close to the season which means they’d likely have him as their backup.

  59. Of course the one point that is completely lost in all of this – by picking up the option and Foles paying $2 million to get out of it, gives the Eagles an additional $2 million in much needed cap space this year.

    Everyone is speculating that they will tag him, but this move was all about creating more cap space for a team that really needs it.

  60. It is absolutely insane that the eagles aren’t being more gracious with the man who delivered them their first and only title. Foles has more than earned the right to go where he chooses. Do the right thing howie.

  61. tcostant says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    While correct, didn’t the Pats do exactly the same thing with Matt Castle? While Brady was coming back from an injury, no one though the Pats would move onm

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    I think the key difference here is that Matt Cassel and his agent wanted the tag, so no protest was ever lodged. That could be the case here as well, though it does look less amicable. The key difference is that two major suitors for Foles are both in the same division as the Eagles, which means that if the Eagles keep them away from bidding at the trade table, there will be less money in Foles’ pocket.

    The Jets, Dolphins and Bills were not frothing at the bit to trade or sign Matt Cassel.

  62. Foles has proven he can rally the team and win the biggest games in the postseason. Wentz has not. In fact he is looking more and more like Andy Dalton with each passing season. If they are smart, the Eagles will find a sucker and unload Wentz and roll with Foles.

  63. Is Tagging Foles such a bad thing? The average of the Top 5 QB Cap hits for 2018 is 27.4M(Isnt that how Franchise tags are calculated). The next year would be 120% of that, 32.9M. 60M if he were franchised for 2 years, which would be the starting point for guaranteed money contract negotiations.

    I think its more of a gamble for the Eagles to tag Foles, because they may not find trade partners with that 60M guaranteed money contract that Foles will look for if he is franchised. The worst that will happen to Foles is that he is paid 27.4M to ride the pine. But the Eagles would be in a Cap nightmare.

  64. tcostant says:
    February 6, 2019 at 6:48 pm
    While correct, didn’t the Pats do exactly the same thing with Matt Castle? While Brady was coming back from an injury, no one though the Pats would move onm
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    styro1 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:03 pm
    The players CBA contract back may have had different language also. The current contract went into effect in 2011.

    ————–
    While the CBA changed slightly, it was issue then. I remember people flagging this same issue then, yet the Pats still pulled it off.

  65. He already won a Super Bowl AND a Super Bowl MVP.
    He wants to be a starter.

    With $25 millions fully guaranteed, he will be a starter unless the Eagles can’t find a team to trade him. He should take the deal, I don’t think he will get more than a 2-years $25-30 millions on the free agency market.

  66. If Florio can figure it out, don’t you think the GM, HC, QB and his agent can?

    None of us know what negotiations are going on between the relevant parties. The team exercised the option, and the player exercised the buy out. That’s all we really know.

    Wentz is still under his rookie contract. Has the team offered him an extension? I don’t know why they would, since he can’t stay on the field and has not won a game of any real significance, not in the playoffs, certainly not in the Super Bowl, since he hasn’t played in any. Foles has and won.

    Why would the Eagles tag and trade their only Super Bowl MVP quarterback? The answer is they wouldn’t, not if they had any sense.

    What’s going on behind the scenes, beyond press purview, is negotiations. Who’s to say the Eagles will not offer Foles a long-term contract and make him their franchise quarterback? Negotiations are ongoing.

    We won’t know for weeks or months what the outcome will be. But, IMHO, if Eagles’ management is smart, and I think they are, they will bench or dump Wentz, and sign and start Foles.

  67. The only party that has come out and said that they are franchising him with the intention of trading him is Adam Schefter, who, last time I checked has been wrong about a lot of things (authoritative bluster notwithstanding), and also does not work for the Eagles.

    All that’s required to avoid this CBA SNFU is “good faith,” which doesn’t mean they *have* to keep him. It just means that they have to say “we love Nick and we’re franchising him for the same reason that any team franchises a guy; it creates the possibility that we can keep him at market value. But it also creates the possibility that we can deal him at market value; we’re exploring all options.”

    That creates enough reasonable doubt about the presumed NFLPA charge that they are not acting in good faith.

    But we haven’t even gotten to that stage, yet. Whether or not they actually intend to “tag and deal” is another story. They haven’t tagged him yet.

  68. So your saying Howie doesn’t know about the CBA? If they tag him and another team steps up then what?

  69. frodoftw7 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Uh. Two years ago the Eagles looks extremely strong and it wasn’t just the offense, or the quarterback position for that matter. Maybe the Jags would be a good fit….
    ************
    wrong 2 years ago eagles went 7-9 with wentz before foles showed up

    I’m not a mathamagician but I’m pretty sure that the 2017 season was two years ago, sparky.

  70. Is there anything in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would preclude the Eagles from drafting an Agreement with Nick Foles that provided that Foles would waive the right to sign a free agent contract with the NY Giants or Washington Redskins in exchange for the Eagles returning his check for $2M, waiving their right to place the franchise tag on him, and agreeing to keep the existence of this Agreement confidential in order to maximize Foles free agent value? The Eagles don’t get a draft pick this year and Foles loses two potential suitors but each side gets most of what they want.

  71. They paid Foles a million they didn’t have to. Foles is as good a standup dude as there is, this is already worked out. All the adversarial comments are missing the boat completely.

  72. February 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm
    They paid Foles a million they didn’t have to. Foles is as good a standup dude as there is, this is already worked out. All the adversarial comments are missing the boat completely.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Agreed, already worked out, people who troll the Eagles, don’t understand the Eagles are very good organization for a football player who does the right thing, the right way. Very few personnel mistakes on the business side. (The owner is happy, as are the fans and roster) The front office knows other players around are watching. Foles will have a soft landing with a payout and an opportunity to lead his next team- and the front office will facilitate it. Even if he walks, with no tag, it has already been worked out. Nothing but good will come out of this for Foles. that’s the thanks he is getting for what he does for Philly.

  73. February 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Uh. Two years ago the Eagles looks extremely strong and it wasn’t just the offense, or the quarterback position for that matter. Maybe the Jags would be a good fit….
    ************
    wrong 2 years ago eagles went 7-9 with wentz before foles showed up

    I’m not a mathamagician but I’m pretty sure that the 2017 season was two years ago, sparky.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Really? If you’re going to correct somebody before sure that you know what you’re talking about. You’re right, apparently you are not a mathamagician. Check your calendar, the 2017 season was less than 14 months ago when they played Oakland on Christmas day and won with just a couple games left before they secured home field advantage in the playoffs en route to a SB victory.

    Now, don’t you start going near anything flammable “sparky”…
    LOL

  74. therealtrenches says:
    February 7, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    The only party that has come out and said that they are franchising him with the intention of trading him is Adam Schefter, who, last time I checked has been wrong about a lot of things (authoritative bluster notwithstanding), and also does not work for the Eagles.

    All that’s required to avoid this CBA SNFU is “good faith,” which doesn’t mean they *have* to keep him. It just means that they have to say “we love Nick and we’re franchising him for the same reason that any team franchises a guy; it creates the possibility that we can keep him at market value. But it also creates the possibility that we can deal him at market value; we’re exploring all options.”

    That creates enough reasonable doubt about the presumed NFLPA charge that they are not acting in good faith.

    But we haven’t even gotten to that stage, yet. Whether or not they actually intend to “tag and deal” is another story. They haven’t tagged him yet.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    SPOT ON

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