Move, Countermove

Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Move, Countermove

The dance between Nick Foles and the Eagles has begun.

Foles owes the Eagles $2M to void the option.

Sheil Kapadia provided an interesting nugget about that.

This will be the rarest of the rare, an Eagles player handing a check to Howie Roseman.

Once all of this takes place, Nick Foles is a free agent. The Eagles can use the franchise tag on him to control his rights and in order to trade him. Or they can let him walk and try to get a comp pick in 2020. Neither route is perfect.

The more I think about this, the less likely it feels like Foles gets traded. There are a lot of moving parts and I’m just not sure there will be a strong market for his services. Some teams will want him, but I don’t see enough suitors to drive a team to deal for him.

Never say never when it comes to NFL teams and QBs.

So true, Mr. Bama.


Speaking of Jimmy Bama, he wrote a piece reviewing Howie Roseman’s moves over the past year.

Two things really stood out. First, I had forgotten Corey Nelson existed. He went from potential starter to unemployed. What a disappointment.

The other thing, which ties into Nelson, the Eagles got very little out of their free agent signings. They must do a better job this year. I know they didn’t have much money to spend and they were bargain shopping, but the returns were bad.

Free agency was huge for the Eagles in 2017. They need to find more hits like Chris Long, Patrick Robinson and LeGarrette Blount.

To be fair, injuries were a key reason for the struggles of the free agent class. Mike Wallace never got a chance to show what he could do. Haloti Ngata was slowed by a calf injury until December. He finally looked good at that point. Paul Worrilow missed the entire season.

One benefit of this is that the Eagles had to find help during the season. That led to additions like Cre’Von LeBlanc and Treyvon Hester, who could become good roles players for several years.


Top 10 Plays of the Year

No Fletcher Cox?

Sure feels like they should have included something with him. I don’t know if he had a signature play during the year, but he did give us highlights every single week.

I do love watching him run over Jared Goff. That was beautiful.


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