Foles will collect a $3 million roster bonus from the Eagles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The bonus already was fully guaranteed, but the Eagles could've avoided the cap hit if they'd traded Foles by Saturday. While this doesn't necessarily rule out a trade, the team presumably would have preferred to deal Foles before the bonus kicked in. It does make sense to keep him around, as there's no guarantee Carson Wentz will be recovered from a torn ACL in time for Week 1.
Foles is drawing interest in trade talks, but the Eagles want even more than what they got for Sam Bradford, who was traded to the Vikings in September of 2016 in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick, ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reports. Despite his recent Super Bowl MVP performance, Foles probably won't warrant a first-round selection plus additional compensation ahead of the second season of a two-year contract. While they may be aiming a bit high, it's understandable the Eagles won't part with Foles easily, as there's no guarantee Carson Wentz (knee) is ready for Week 1 of 2018. It does help that Foles carries a $4 million base salary, which now looks like one of the top bargains in the league among quarterbacks that aren't on a rookie contract. The Cardinals, Broncos, Bills and Jets could all be fits if the Eagles are willing to lower their asking price.
Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. He also caught a one-yard touchdown on a trick play late in the second quarter and was named the MVP of the game. Foles put quite the exclamation point on his improbable season with a spectacular performance against the Tom Brady-led Patriots, helping lead the Eagles to the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The 29-year-old connected with Alshon Jeffery on a beautiful 34-yard pass in the left corner of the end zone for the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter, and he gave Philadelphia a 22-12 halftime lead when he caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Trey Burton just before intermission. He'd go on to add a 22-yard scoring dart to Corey Clement and then spearheaded a game-winning 14-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 remaining that survived replay review. Foles finished the regular season having completed 57 of 101 passes for 537 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions while filling in for Carson Wentz (knee) following the latter's season-ending injury, and he was even better in the postseason, throwing for a combined 725 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in the conference championship and Sunday's Super Bowl. Despite the fairy-tale ending, Foles, who's on the books for a $7.6 million cap hit next season, projects to revert back to his backup role whenever Wentz is back to full health.
Foles said his ribs are "great" in the aftermath of Sunday's 38-7 win against the Vikings, Daniel Gallen of pennlive.com reports. During the NFC championship game, Foles was on the receiving end of some hits from the Vikings defense, which prompted "precautionary X-rays," per the quarterback. Adding credence to his assessment, his name wasn't mentioned among the few Eagles on the first injury report related to the Super Bowl, according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Foles enters the season finale on a two-game hot streak in which he completed 78 percent (49 of 63) of his throws, averaged 9.5 yards per attempt and tossed three touchdowns versus no interceptions.
Foles was tremendous in Sunday's 38-7 NFC championship triumph over the Vikings, completing 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Minnesota's defense was able to make Foles uncomfortable in the pocket early, but he did a great job of escaping and finding receivers downfield. He was most impressive on third down, converting 10 of 14 tries against a Vikings unit that had been historically proficient at getting off the field in such situations. Foles' touchdown passes of 53, 41 and five yards to Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Jeffery again, respectively, should have him brimming with confidence heading into the Super Bowl.
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