What should the Eagles do with Nick Foles? The moment Carson Wentz hobbled into the tunnel in Los Angeles, ending his season and lunging a dagger through the hearts of Eagles fans everywhere, Foles was thrust into the spotlight.
Could he deliver in the clutch, or would the magical season the Eagles were experience go up in flames?
The Eagles obvious thought enough of Foles to jettison their already highly-compensated backup quarterback Chase Daniel, and then turn around and give Foles a comparatively lucrative guarantee.
Did they believe he could lead them to the Super Bowl if Wentz went down?
Or had the relationship with Daniel soured so greatly they had to move on, and Foles—with his familiarity of and to the team—was the easiest replacement?
Either way Foles was signed, and forced to step into the starting lineup when Wentz injured his knee. Despite some shaky performances Foles has settled in, and led the Eagles to four wins in five games.
On Sunday they take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and then—win or lose—will have several decisions to make.
MOVING ON TO 2018
According to Spotrac they are already well over the 2018 NFL salary cap, and many adjustments will need to be made to the roster going forward.
Some decisions are easier than other. After a mostly disappointing season Torrey Smith is likely to be released. Longtime Eagle Brent Celek is probably a cap casualty as well. These two moves alone should get the Eagles’ books into the black, but without much wiggle room for additions, or even inking their next draft class.
The Eagles will also need cap space just to retain key members of their Super Bowl team, including linebacker Nigel Bradham. Since coming over from Buffalo he’s been a key cog for the Eagles defense. And that says nothing of the new contract that star defensive end Brandon Graham has played himself into.
Others, such as backup tight end Trey Burton, have priced themselves out of Philadelphia. Despite being a solid compliment and fill-in for Zach Ertz, Burton will likely have better offers elsewhere, and will need to be replaced.
There are many ways the Eagles could approach this offseason. They reached the Super Bowl without Jason Peters, but do they cut ties with the future Hall of Famer (saving roughly $5M in cap space) or look for savings elsewhere?
Luckily the Eagles head into the off-season without many significant needs, but they still have to create cap space somehow.
FOLES IS A GONER
One way of adding to their empty pot of gold is to trade Nick Foles. While he hasn’t played flawlessly filling in for Wentz, Foles has shown he can—and convincingly so—on football’s biggest stage.
A strong showing on Sunday will only enhance his trade value—which will NEVER be higher.
The Eagles have given up serious assets in recent years, and dealing Foles will not only improve their cap situation, but also help recoup some of those lost assets.
Dreaming of a first or second round pick is just that…a dream. At this point in his career Foles is what he is: a serviceable veteran, but not a long-term starter nor a franchise changer.
No NFL team is going to pay a premium for a 29 year old with limited upside.
But a rebuilding team, or even a fringe contender, might offer a mid-round pick. The Jets and Bills fit that profile. Each may target a high-end draft prospect, and prefer to let him sit and learn for a year.
The other New York team could be in the mix as well, if they move their own veteran signal caller.
All things considered there should be a strongish market for Foles, and the Eagles need to exploit that.
With their confidence in Carson Wentz, and in his recovery, they should get what they can for Foles and move on. Backup quarterbacks can be crucial, as this season has shown, but teams shouldn’t build their rosters around them.
Trading Foles will not drastically alter the franchise’s roster, but it should get them a draft pick or two. A team like the Jets should be willing to offer at least a fourth rounder—the same round pick that the Eagles used to acquire their starting running back.
Good game or bad, win or lose, Sunday likely represents the last time Nick Foles puts on his Eagles jersey.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview
NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview
Its week 8 in the NFL and the Eagles and Jaguars are going to kickoff Sunday across the pond. For the Philadelphia Eagles, this is their first time in the United Kingdom. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are in London for the sixth time since the NFL started the London series back in 2007.
For Carson Wintz and the Philadelphia Eagles, the today’s game is a must win if they want to keep pace against the Washington Redskins in the NFC East. Last week, the Eagles were defeated by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers by a score of 21-17.
Here is a list of who is and who’s not playing in today’s game in London.
- OT Matt Pryor
- OT Jordan Mailata
- RB Darren Sproles
- QB Nate Sudfeld
- LB Nate Gerry
- DB Corey Graham
- CB Sidney Jones
- DT Haloti Nagata (Active)
For the “home team” Jacksonville, the Jaguars are playing in their sixth straight game in London. Their first game was back in 2013. As for the 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars team, they are entering today’s game with a 3-game losing streak.
Here are players who will not be playing in today’s game in London.
RB Leonard Fournette
TE James O’Shaughnessy
- DT Eli Ankou
- CB A.J. Bouye
- DB D.J. Hayden
- DE Dawuane Smoot
- DB Tyler Patmon
How will Nick Foles injury impact the Eagles backup QB position?
Last night, the preseason continued as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles traveled to New England to face Tom Brady & the Patriots.
With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady playing the entire first half, helped the Patriots rack up some major points. Long story short, the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 34-20.
For Eagles fans, the losing a preseason game is not the only thing they lost during the game. Thanks to Patriots player Adrian Clayborn injured backup quarterback Nick Foles throwing arm on a strip sack for a touchdown.
Up until the injury, Foles went 9/3, 44 yards. Reports are that it is a solder strain and at the moment he’s day-to-day.
The Philadelphia Eagles third preseason game is in Cleveland this Thursday on FOX. Make sure you check your local listings.
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