Niners QB Colin Kaepernick got a big extension. His deal is reportedly worth as much as $126M, with $60M guaranteed. The Eagles have to be watching this closely since Nick Foles is eligible for an extension after this season.
Foles is a potentially tricky situation for the Eagles. Jeff Lurie has given out mega-deals to 2 QBs over the years…Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. Both were Top 5 picks and elite physical talents. It was easy to see they were worth big money. Foles posted great results in 2013, but doesn’t pass the eye test nearly like the other guys. That’s part of the reason some people are still skeptical of Foles. He just isn’t special physically.
2014 is a critical season for Foles to show who/what he really is. If he posts great numbers, it won’t matter as much how he looks. Since the Eagles run Chip Kelly’s offense, Foles only has to show that he can be a top QB in this system. His lack of a great arm and top mobility didn’t hurt Foles in 2013. If they don’t in 2014, then the focus is strictly on how he plays within the system.
Some people will be critical of the Niners for giving mega-bucks to Kap. I think they made a smart move. Kap isn’t a polished passer, but he’s shown excellent potential in that area. SF doesn’t throw the ball all that much. Kap has 7 more starts than Foles, but has only thrown 57 more passes in his career. The Niners run, run and then run some more. They truly play old school football.
Kap needs to get better as a passer, but he does have the physical skills to be very good. He’s also a gifted athlete. Kap can make plays with his legs, which can help him as a passer. Kap is an overachiever type who has the work ethic to get better in those areas where he needs work.
Foles remains a huge question mark. You can believe in him. You can doubt him. The bottom line is that no one will know for sure what to make of Foles until after this season, and even that’s not a sure thing.
We’ll talk more about his contract situation as the 2014 season goes along.
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The Eagles need depth on the O-line. Barbre played well when called upon last year. Why not reward him for that? He will turn 30 in a few weeks, but Barbre hasn’t played a ton so there should be some tread left on the tire, so to speak.
Barbre will be the top backup at OG and OT.
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I haven’t mentioned the LeSean McCoy-Adrian Peterson debate yet. The star RBs have gone back and forth as to who is better.
I love Shady to death, but I would take Peterson any day of the week. Shady has played behind a good OL and in good offensive systems. Peterson has produced big numbers playing with less than a stellar cast around him.
The bottom line is that both Peterson and McCoy are great RBs.