Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nick Foles voids final year of Eagles contract to become free agent

Nick Foles voids final year of Eagles contract to become free agent

However, reports came out on Tuesday night shortly after Foles informed the Eagles he wouldn't accept the mutual option that the Giants plan is to "likely" stick with Eli Manning as the starting quarterback through 2019. In order to get better compensation for Foles, the team decided it was worth picking up his $20 million option. Foles quick resolution eliminated any melodrama or rumors about his feelings.

The tag number for next season for a quarterback is expected to be around $25 million.

Foles could also refuse to sign the offer of the tag, as Le'Veon Bell did in 2018 with the Steelers, creating a major headache for the Eagles. Nick Foles then stepped in and led the team to its first Super Bowl victory. Philadelphia won its first-ever Super Bowl following the 2017 season and lost this year to New Orleans in the National Football League divisional round. There's just no way they're keeping Carson Wentz and then paying Nick Foles $25 million to ride the bench. They knew Foles would void the option to try and hit the market. Not only that, but Foles led the NFC East powerhouse back to the playoffs this past season. To trade Foles, the Eagles will have to place the franchise tag on him and he will have to sign it. The Eagles can send him to a team they won't have to face almost as often.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz refuted multiple details in a story critical of him published last month by Philly Voice but did not dismiss the story outright, acknowledging that he could have been a better teammate as he navigated a trying year professionally. If they franchise Foles, they could keep him around for another season.

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There's a couple ways to look at this situation if Gettleman were to go after Foles for next season.

That selfishness, Wentz says, made 2018 much harder to deal with than 2017.

Chris Mortensen already said the Eagles "don't want [Foles] to go to the Giants or the Redskins", with both teams in desire to improve that position going forward.

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