Extra Points: Foles, QB Summit, Running Backs

If the Eagles franchise tag Nick Foles and attempt to trade him, as is expected, they’ll be taking somewhat of a risk, writes former NFL agent and current CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry. “There is a school of thought that franchising Foles strictly for trade purposes violates the CBA. Language requiring a good-faith intention to negotiate with a tendered player or keep him for the upcoming season at his tender exists in the CBA”, Corry points out, although he notes it’s unlikely to be enforced.

The real issue is the cap ramifications of tagging and trading Foles, Corry writes. “With Philadelphia’s current contractual obligations, a Foles franchise tag would put the Eagles roughly $20 million over the projected salary cap. Several contracts would need to be restructured and/or players released just to be able to carry Foles’ cap number for as long as he remained with the Eagles even if he was dealt as soon as the 2019 league year started”, he observes. It’s an interesting point, and if the Eagles can’t agree in principle with another team on a good deal for Foles before the franchise tag period is over, they may not end up tagging him after all.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The league is hosting a “QB Summit” to help promote minority coaching candidates, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. According to La Canfora, “the conference will bring together young minority coaches on the offensive side of the ball (quarterbacks coaches, quality control coaches, interns) with established head coaches of all backgrounds in an attempt to facilitate more integration into NFL staffs.” La Canfora writes that “with so many owners seeking a ‘quarterback guru’ and offensive play-callers as head coaches in recent years, and so few African American and Latino coaches currently in those positions in the NFL, the league hopes this ongoing event will foster more integration in the offensive coaching ranks.”
  • With free agency right around the corner, Jason Fitzgerald of Overthecap.com broke down the running backs most likely to be cut this offseason. Carlos Hyde, who has a salary of $4.7MM for the Jaguars while only playing a bit role the second half of the season, is on top of the list. One somewhat surprising name he floats is LeSean McCoy by the Bills, writing that “it’s probably best for both sides to move on.” The team has said in the past that they plan to keep McCoy for 2019, but if they go all in on a youth movement, it wouldn’t be shocking if McCoy wanted out so he could go to a contender in the twilight of his career.
  • In case you missed it, the Ravens believe the presence of Lamar Jackson will help attract free agents this spring.
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  1. Senioreditor

    What if Foles won’t sign the tag? They still have to hold the cap number even if he doesn’t sign it. I doubt he’ll do it but you never know…….

  2. No reason the Eagles should even think of taking this risk. They will get a 3rd round compensation pick anyhow so it makes ZERO sense to tag him and then only ask for a 3rd round. Who carse if he goes to Washington or NYG? Eagles are still better than them. The only way it make sense is if they are: A. Intending to keep him and trade Wentz instead(unlikely) or B. Have a much bigger offer than a 3rd. Otherwise, it isn’t worth it. They could botch it up and lose picks if the NFL determines they broke the rules, or else really screw themselves salary cap wise.

    • Polish Hammer

      Sounds great but not true…

      Myth No. 1: “The offense just functioned much better with Nick at quarterback.”

      The Reality: Actually, the defense did. The Eagles averaged 22.9 points per game this year with Wentz at quarterback and 22.1 points per game with Foles at QB. The defense was another story. During the 11 games Wentz played, the defense allowed 23.3 points per game. During the seven games Foles started, the defense allowed 18.1 points per game.

      Myth No. 2: “Nick got the ball to the wide receivers. Carson just dumped it off.”

      The Reality: Wentz actually completed a slightly higher percentage of his passes this past year to wide receivers — 45.7 percent for Wentz and 45.4 percent for Foles. Essentially the same.

      Myth No. 3: “Nick got the ball down the field way better than Carson!”

      The Reality: Carson averaged more than half a yard per attempt more this year than Nick. Carson finished the season at 7.67 with Foles at 7.07. Including the last two years, Foles is closer but the numbers are similar — Carson at 7.57 and Foles at 7.16.

      • troll_smasher

        Spot on DonC. Anyone with common sense knows what the case is.

        FACT #1 Wentz has won 0 playoff games at QB. Foles SB MVP, plus late season charge to Playoffs.

        FACT #2 you conveniently included the completion % to WR’s w/o including the number of overall ATTEMPTS to the WR’s, which is way higher for Foles.

        Not so much a myth if it’s true.

        • Polish Hammer

          Obviously comprehension eludes you, find an adult and have them explain it to you.

  3. goldenmisfit

    So, the Eagles don’t want Foles as they are starting quarterback but at the same time they want to make sure none of their rivals get him either? LOL!

    • Polish Hammer

      LOL yeah how ridiculous…LOL….imagine that, they’re the only team that wouldn’t a backup to face them 2x a season in division…SMH

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