The Eagles exercised Nick Foles option for the 2019 season, but that’s far from a sure thing he’ll be with the team next season as the trade market heats up.
The Philadelphia Eagles picked up Nick Foles’ option, intending on trading him at some point this offseason. Foles struck back, voiding said option by giving the team $2 million.
Some Eagles fans might be holding out hope that their favorite team and Foles can still come to a long-term contract extension, but the odds of that are practically zero. The team cannot afford to pay big money to Carson Wentz and Foles at the same time if they want to build a roster deep enough to win another Super Bowl. Fundamentally, Philadelphia needed to make a choice on which quarterback they’ll ride moving forward. It was always choosing Wentz.
Wentz has the advantage of youth and a higher ceiling on his side. His inability to stay healthy for a full season is a major concern for the Eagles front office, but if they can figure out how to keep him on the field he could become an MVP one day. Foles doesn’t have that kind of ceiling.
That doesn’t mean he won’t draw a lot of interest on the market, though. The 30-year-old has shown everyone he has what it takes to be a quality NFL starter. Any team that enters the offseason with uncertainty about whether they have a franchise quarterback to rely on should at least kick the tires on what would be required to sign Foles. He may not be an MVP-level talent, but he can be an above-average quarterback in the right system.
With Foles hitting the market — unless the Eagles shockingly give him a $25 million franchise tag — look at teams like the Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins to pursue him. All three are without quality options moving forward, and Foles provides both a steady hand and a proven winner.