The concept of Nick Foles returning to the Eagles this offseason was broached when the Chicago Bears have been rumored to be together with Philadelphia’s Tremendous Bowl MVP in a commerce package deal for Carson Wentz. With Wentz going to Indy, nevertheless, that dream is lifeless.
Or perhaps not!
NFL insider Jeremy Fowler stated Foles to Philly remains to be alive throughout a televised ESPN look on Saturday morning:
“I wouldn’t take a Nick Foles-Philadelphia reunion off the desk proper now. As a result of a couple of weeks in the past, when Chicago was seeking to get Carson Wentz, they included Nick Foles in a possible package deal to Philadelphia. Now, Wentz finally went to Indianapolis. However these talks have been ongoing, they’re in place, all they must do that week is revive them. Philadelphia is searching for a excessive degree backup, anyone to return in and assist Jalen Hurts. In the meantime, Chicago is simply seeking to dump some wage proper now. They’re in some cap issues, Nick Foles carries a $6.6 [million] cap hit that they might get off their books. I finally assume he’ll be traded, Philadelphia is an possibility for him.”
The Eagles are definitely available in the market for a quarterback since Hurts is at present their solely signal-caller underneath contract. And the Bears can clear $1.3 million in cap house by buying and selling Foles versus dropping $3.7 million by releasing him. It’s a possible risk.
Ought to the Eagles commerce for Foles, although? We beforehand wrote the next concerning the deserves of such a maneuver:
I believe the Eagles buying and selling for Foles each does and doesn’t make sense.
On one hand, Foles might be keen to restructure his contract to make it simpler for the Eagles to take him again. He clearly loves Philly. Foles has the precise temperament to be a backup. And perhaps he might even be a superb long-term starter for the Eagles since he inexplicably performs a lot better right here than all over the place else.
However, the Eagles have talked about how they should get youthful and away from nostalgia. Bringing again Foles goes towards that messaging. The presence of Foles looks as if a possible distraction for whichever younger starter (Jalen Hurts or a decide excessive within the 2021 NFL Draft) the Eagles are shifting ahead with. And Foles’ long-term starter viability is in critical doubt after we’ve seen him get outplayed by Gardner Minshew and Mitchell Trubisky in consecutive seasons.
The guess right here is that the Eagles do find yourself buying and selling for Foles and it’s one thing like Philly sending a 2021 sixth-round decide to Chicago in trade for Foles and the Bears’ 2022 seventh-round decide. Comparable phrases to what the Eagles paid to reacquire DeSean Jackson again in March 2019.
Foles at present carries a $4 million wage in 2021, which must be reasonably priced for the Eagles. Once more, they will all the time work with him to restructure his deal if wanted.
The desire right here has been for the Eagles to seek out the most cost effective backup quarterback out there because it’s not like they’re significantly competing for a title this yr anyway. Foles doesn’t completely match that invoice however he shouldn’t be too far off.
Ought to the Eagles commerce for Nick Foles?
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