Foles' second stint with the Eagles was expected to end after the 2018 season, but the adjusted deal has a mutual option for the 2019 campaign, allowing him to dabble in free agency next offseason or return to Philly. Along with additional flexibility, he received a $2 million signing bonus and has the potential to earn more millions in incentives in 2018 if he starts and reaches certain benchmarks. In the end, Foles' upcoming earnings are tied to Carson Wentz's recovery from a torn ACL, which he suffered Dec. 10. With knowledge of the typical rehab from such an injury, Foles is a good bet to be under center for a number of games, but Wentz relayed his goal Tuesday of a return by Week 1.
The incentive to make a trade largely evaporated March 17 when Foles collected a $3 million roster bonus. It now makes sense for the Eagles to take their time seeing how Carson Wentz recovers from a late-season ACL tear, perhaps revisiting a trade for Foles in August if their starter is on track for Week 1. The Eagles reportedly were targeting a first-round pick in exchange for the Super Bowl MVP.
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've 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 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.
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||11||337||190||56.4||2052||6.09||68||7||10||14/98||27||8||69.0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||55||36||65.5||410||7.45||49||3||0||4/34||7||1||105.9|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||11||17||20||1.2||10||1||0||4|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||4||-4||-1.0||-1||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||5||2||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|