Nick Foles Informs Eagles He Will Buy His Way Into Free Agency

Rex Christensen
February 8, 2019

The Nick Foles machinations began in earnest Tuesday night when the Eagles informed the veteran quarterback they would be picking up their side of a $20 million mutual option. They could try to franchise tag him, and then trade Foles for a draft pick.

Reports over Super Bowl weekend indicated the Eagles intend to franchise tag Foles, who is set to become a free agent this offseason otherwise.

Foles had to pay the $2 million to the Eagles via cashier's check by February 16, which would be 25 days prior to the start of the new league year.

Nick Foles is a free agent for now.

Foles responded by voiding that option, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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The quarterback then bought out the final year of his contract for $2 million, according to ESPN. That would force Philadelphia to make a number of hard salary cap decisions just to keep a backup quarterback. NY is one of 11 potential landing spots we ranked for the Super Bowl LII MVP, and there are few teams as familiar with Foles' success as those within the Eagles' division.

The Eagles are extraordinarily likely to move forward with Wentz as their starter. There's just no way they're keeping Carson Wentz and then paying Nick Foles $25 million to ride the bench. His last two regular seasons have ended with injuries, but head coach Doug Pederson confirmed last month that Wentz is "our guy" heading into 2019.

"But Foles knows, and his representatives, that this is a business".

"If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them", Wentz said.

Wentz said he was caught off guard by the report. He said there were no verbal altercations, there was never any "bullying" of offensive coordinator Mike Groh and never once did he object to a play because it was designed for Foles.

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