East Rumors: Foles, Kitna, Belichick

It is all but certain that the Eagles will part ways with Nick Foles this offseason, and there has been plenty of speculation as to how that might happen given Foles’ present contract situation. The most-discussed scenarios involve the team basically forcing Foles to buy his way into free agency for $2MM, and even then, the Eagles could put the franchise tag on Foles and trade him, thus eliminating any voice that Foles might have in the matter.

But as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes, Foles and the Eagles have an excellent relationship, as evidenced by the team’s most recent gesture of goodwill. As such, JLC suggests that Philadelphia could pick up Foles’ 2019 option, thereby triggering a $20MM salary, and then orchestrate a trade to a team of Foles’ liking. Realistically, there are only a handful of teams that will be in the market for Foles, so by going that route, Foles could keep the above-referenced $2MM and still end up with a team that he would have signed with anyway (and he and his new team would likely enter into a long-term pact whether he is traded or signs as a free agent). As La Canfora observes, the Dolphins and Jaguars are the two clubs who have been linked to Foles thus far.

Now for a quick roundup of a few more east-related items:

  • We learned earlier today that the Cowboys could hire Jon Kitna as their QB coach and name Kellen Moore as their new OC. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter), Kitna will indeed become Dallas’ QB coach, which means that Moore — who served as the team’s QB coach in 2018 — may very well take the OC reins. Schefter’s ESPN colleague, Chris Mortensen, reports that head coach Jason Garrett is “in line” to serve as the team’s offensive play-caller in 2019 regardless of who the OC is (Twitter link).
  • In the past couple of years, we have heard a lot about the tension among the three pillars of the Patriots‘ franchise: owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady. But as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com observes, when Belichick recently commented on the upcoming 25th anniversary of Kraft’s ownership, he said, “[h]ope we can continue it for a long time.” That brief but telling statement is in keeping with what Reiss has been sensing of late, which is that Belichick, 66, will be coaching New England for the foreseeable future.
  • Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio tweets that the Bills could promote offensive assistant Chad Hall to wide receivers coach to replace Terry Robiskie, who recently joined the Jaguars’ coaching staff.
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18 comments on “East Rumors: Foles, Kitna, Belichick

  1. acarneglia

    The Eagles and Foles relationship is fascinating. Can let him walk for nothing, can make him buy his was into free agency, or can work together.

    • Polish Hammer

      He walks they’ll get a draft pick, so to trade him for a draft pick they’ll have to do even better.

      • bradthebluefish
        bradthebluefish

        Eagles having the ability to control where Foles goes can be huge. Say controlling Foles to NOT go to the Redskins.

        • Polish Hammer

          Really? They dealt their franchise QB (McNabb) to the Foreskins in the past because they believed in the direction they were going…

          • zenopsu

            Mcnabb was done by 2010. But I do agree that it’s like letting Mcnabb go for kolb. Carson is Kevin kolb jr

  2. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    Howdy Dummy calling plays? Again? We was so dynamic his last go around that Daddy Jerrah had to ground him and bring on Linehan. This should go great. How can he clap while holding a clipboard?

  3. Breezy

    This has to be one of the most random coaching staffs on the offensive side of the ball for Dallas.

  4. oldredgunslinger

    La Canfora might need to figure in that the Eagles are nearly 17 million over the cap and the Jags are nearly 12 million over for 2019.

    • Potpot106

      Eagles are projected to be over but with a few simple moves it would put them way under with very minimal dead money

  5. justinkm19

    We’ve seen JG call plays. They were ad predictable as when Linehan was calling plays. No motion, no screens, no misdirection. No deep crossing routes. No thanks

  6. Guest617

    Fake news orchestrated the patriots “internal rift” – sad bandwagon muppets jumped on without doing diligence.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Yeah, wild Bill was just ecstatic that Brady and Gronk wanted to bypass the team trainer to use their own personal guru. He would prefer everyone on the roster do that. The Steelers “internal rift” is fake news orchestrated too…lol.

    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      Agreed. The Pats drama was blown way out of proportion. Everybody wants to keeping winning. No one there is tired of winning.

      • crosseyedlemon

        The media never suggested that the Patriots internal issues had anything to do with players desire or lack of desire to win. Brady and Gronk wanted some flexibility from Bill who wasn’t inclined to deviate from an approach that had been very successful. Fortunately a compromise was reached with both those players getting a nice bonus from Robert Kraft who found himself caught in the middle.

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