East Rumors: Foles, Woods, Jets, Bills

Nick Foles played a major role in ensuring the Super Bowl champions could attempt to defend their title in this year’s playoffs, and the Eagles want to compensate him accordingly. The veteran quarterback came four plays short of a $1MM bonus in Week 17, and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com notes the Eagles are trying to find a solution to pay him that bonus. The Eagles sweetened Foles’ deal this past offseason, after he’d led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title. One of these incentives would have triggered had the Eagles made the playoffs with Foles playing 33 percent of the snaps. With Carson Wentz‘s backup being required to start and finish the season, that became attainable. But Foles went down during the Eagles’ Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Here is the latest from the Eastern front:

  • Jay Gruden will remain in Washington, but one of his assistants will not. The Redskins are letting secondary coach Torrian Gray go, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. Washington appears to have two-year Denver defensive coordinator Joe Woods in mind for this job, but the Jaguars are also eyeing Woods, per Mike Klis of 9News (on Twitter). The Broncos’ hiring of Vic Fangio would appear to point to Woods being free to seek work elsewhere. Gray coached Washington’s DBs the past two years.
  • The Bills extended in-season quarterback acquisitions Derek Anderson and Matt Barkley recently, and the Buffalo backups’ salaries are now known. Barkley signed a two-year extension that will produce non-guaranteed base salaries of $1.25MM in 2019 and $1.5MM in 2020, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com notes, adding Barkley will receive a $600K signing bonus ($200K of which counts against Buffalo’s 2018 cap). Near-$1MM incentives exist in each season of this deal, too. Anderson signed a one-year extension for the veteran minimum ($1.03MM), per Rodak (on Twitter). He received a $90K signing bonus.
  • Jets tight end Chris Herndon pleaded guilty to a New Jersey DWI charge, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com tweets. This comes from a June 2018 arrest following a car accident. This will likely result in a 2019 suspension for the Jets’ top tight end.
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11 comments on “East Rumors: Foles, Woods, Jets, Bills

  1. JJB0811

    As a Skins’ fan, I know they suck. But at least they’re willing to pay for QB’s. Trade up for RG3 followed by paying Cousins then Smith. The Bills have, what, $4m in backups; good grief.

    • Michael Chaney

      Cousins left specifically because the Redskins wouldn’t pay him. He only got over-inflated salaries for a few years because they dragged their feet and had to tag him since they seemed to show no interest in extending him.

      Meanwhile, the Bills already have their top 3 quarterbacks under control next year at team-friendly rates. It’s not how much money you spend, it’s what you do with it.

      • JJB0811

        They paid top 3 salary 2 years in a row for Cousins and both off-seasons had multiple year contracts on the table. He declined.

        Cousins was in it for himself, and I don’t fault him. He cleared well over a $100m from 2 years on the tag and 3 w/ the Vikes. But if you think Derek Anderson or Matt Barkley are the BU answers, then keep dreaming about the post season. Neither have had success in games.

        • billykent

          And he was well worth it because he took the Redskins to the playoffs…Oh wait…Unless you count losing in the Wild Card, hes never been to the plaoffs… YOU LIKE THAT?!

      • washington_bonercats

        Good things the Vikings paid him! Championship here we co… oh wait

    • crosseyedlemon

      Allen will be a terrific QB once the Bills put an offensive line in front of him. Only the Colts and Jets currently have more cap space than Buffalo. The Vikings spent more than any team on payroll and didn’t even make the playoffs. They have $731,725 in cap space going forward.

  2. Ironman_4life

    I know we’ve been going through this for about a month now but am I still an idiot for saying that Foles needs to be there starting quarterback Permanently

    • kenleyfornia2

      Yes he put up 16 points in CHI, they did not win because of him. Better wait to see if he can keep up with New Orleans.

      • Mack83

        How many Points did Wentz put up? What about last years playoffs?

        Normally you’d say a QB beat a team even w/ only 16 points, but that doesn’t fit your argument.

        • kenleyfornia2

          Na i just actually watch the games and prefer to make a judgment with my eyes on what won the game. Lamar Jackson had more passing yards than Rivers on sunday, so did he have a better game too? Foles came up clutch on that final drive. But for the entire game leading up to that it was very meh. Wentz tore his ACL trying to make a play for his team and its funny how people want to rag on him for that. CJ Anderson has been a monster for the Rams. Should they replace Gurley with him next season too?

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