Let the rumors continue. After leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a win in Super Bowl 52, the team may be willing to trade quarterback Nick Foles. The asking price may be too much for some NFL teams in need of a starter behind center.
As Chris Wessling wrote on NFL.com, the Eagles are asking for a first-round draft pick “at the very least.” It’s a fair price for a journeyman NFL starter/backup who lived a dream playoff season in winning the Lombardi Trophy. Also, the Eagles must worry about the health of Carson Wentz, who is still rehabbing his injured knee that ended his 2017 season prematurely.
The news around the league centers around the movement of Kirk Cousins – with four teams alleged to be in the final lot for his services. If Cousins does make a decision immediately after free agent begins, there will be three teams and others looking to kick the tires on Foles and other available quarterbacks.
“They really do not seem intent on trading Foles,” NFL Insider Ian Rapoport explained, adding that the team’s brass wants to hold onto Foles to guard against any potential hiccups in Carson Wentz’s recovery from reconstructive knee surgery.
Between Wentz and Foles, Pederson has the Super Bowl MVP and a 2017 regular-season MVP candidate under contract for less than $15 million next season. It’s a situation we all knew would be addressed after the Eagles beat the New England Patriots last month in Minneapolis.
Wesseling makes a great point that Foles value as a backup in Philadelphia is greater than being a starter somewhere else. The New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, and other teams could via for his services.
Foles was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arizona. He has also played for the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Foles played his first game with the Eagles in Week 10 of the 2012 season after Michael Vick left with an injury.
Foles then made his first start the following week. In Week 9 of the 2013 season, he became the second quarterback to post a perfect passer rating (158.3) while passing for more than 400 yards, and also the first quarterback in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating and throw seven touchdowns in a single game.
It was the 60th time in NFL history that a perfect passer rating was achieved overall. After stints with the Rams and the Chiefs, Foles returned to the Eagles in 2017.