Nick Foles delivered the efficiency of a lifetime to steer the Eagles to Tremendous Bowl glory for the primary time, prompting this cut-throat query: Ought to Philly do away with him now?
The underside line on this bottom-line enterprise is that there is not any room for sentimentality. When the euphoria surrounding Foles’ magical Tremendous Bowl LII MVP night time wears off, the Eagles will face the dilemma of retaining their invaluable backup to budding star Carson Wentz or maximizing his commerce worth at its absolute peak.
“I am simply going to benefit from the second,” Foles mentioned after his instant future with a corporation that lastly discovered the Holy Grail. “I am blessed to be on this second. I am going to let the long run handle itself.”
Each workforce has its worth, however it’s laborious to definitively know what Foles, who’s getting into his prime at 29, would fetch in a commerce. The Patriots solely obtained a second-round choose for future star Jimmy Garoppolo just a few months in the past, so it stands to cause that the Eagles would get a lesser return for Foles.
This can be a no-brainer: The Eagles should hold Foles.
Wentz’s season-ending knee harm suffered on December 10 is a crucial think about Philly’s equation. The precise timetable for the younger star quarterback’s return from a torn ACL and PCL is murky. Some assume that it takes a full 12 months to get well from the harm with no assure of instant effectiveness.
There is a honest probability that Wentz will miss all or a part of coaching camp. The Eagles have the complementary personnel to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies, so why half methods with the unquestioned greatest insurance coverage coverage within the league?
Foles’ presence would make it simpler for the Eagles to permit Wentz to take his time rehabbing the harm. The economics make sense, too. Normal supervisor Howie Roseman, who seems like Einstein for signing Foles to a two-year, $11 million deal final offseason, will solely should dole out $7 million ($Four million base wage and $three million roster bonus) to his Tremendous Bowl MVP in 2018. Wentz and Foles, imagine it or not, will solely rely for a mixed $14.6 million towards subsequent 12 months’s projected $178 million wage cap.
“We perceive that Carson’s a terrific quarterback,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson mentioned. “He will be a terrific quarterback for us, however being on this place because the backup quarterback, my confidence stage even when Carson went down was, You understand what? We’ll effective. We’ll be okay, as a result of we received a man that is performed a ton of soccer on this league. He began on this league.”
“I’ve historical past with him,” Pederson continued about Foles. “We drafted him in Philadelphia. It was a matter of time with him being across the gamers and getting some timing and a few rhythm.”
The Eagles are one of many few groups that are not crippled by the lack of their beginning quarterback. Whereas some view that as a luxurious, I believe it is an unbelievable aggressive benefit that Philly should not throw away for a mid-round draft choose.
Why give away that edge by getting a conditional fourth-round choose for Foles (that might flip into a 3rd primarily based on his efficiency)? Would that drafted participant be extra priceless than your Tremendous Bowl MVP in 2018?
The Eagles, nonetheless, have cashed in on a scorching backup quarterback earlier than. Andy Reid turned backup A.J. Feeley, who was third within the pecking order earlier than accidents to Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer thrust him into the highlight in 2002, right into a draft choose. Feeley went Four-1 down the stretch that season earlier than the Eagles flipped him to Miami after the 2003 season for a future second-round choose.
This case is totally different given Foles’ previous success (27 touchdowns/two INTs in 2013) and confirmed means to thrive within the greatest moments.
At the very least one quarter of the league can be within the quarterback market this offseason, however it will be silly for the Eagles to toss Foles away given the seemingly provides. Would the Vikings, Browns, Jets, Cardinals or Payments truly commerce a premium choose for a man who received scorching in three playoff video games for a distinct teaching employees in a distinct system?
With Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater and a supposed stacked rookie quarterback draft class, what number of groups would go all-in for Foles, who threw six touchdowns with solely on interception, a 72.6 p.c completion price and a 115.7 passer score within the playoffs?
Foles’ journey from Texas highschool star to a man who almost retired two years in the past as a result of he misplaced his love for the sport to Tremendous Bowl MVP is match for Hollywood, however it’s unrealistic to assume that the Eagles will money in with a commerce.
Though the Eagles are Carson Wentz’s workforce, Foles wants to remain.
The danger of letting him go is simply too nice.