Nick Foles To Void Option, Become Free Agent

Well, that didn’t take long. We learned a few hours ago that the Eagles were planning on picking up Nick Foles‘ $20MM option for next season, and now ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting (via Twitter) that the veteran quarterback will void the option and buy his way back to free agency.

Of course, this isn’t a very surprising development, as it had been assumed Foles would pay the $2MM it’d take to become a free agent. However, as our own Sam Robinson detailed earlier, this is likely the start of an extensive ordeal for the two sides. The Eagles are expected to slap Foles with the franchise tag, which the quarterback is then expected to accept. Philly would subsequently shop the former Super Bowl MVP, with the team reportedly seeking a third-rounder in exchange.

Fortunately, we should have some clarity on at least the first step of this process relatively soon. ESPN’s Tim McManus points out (on Twitter) that the window for teams to use the franchise tag is between February 19th and March 5th. Of course, with the Eagles in a precarious cap situation ($13MM over the ceiling), they’d likely want to assure that they have a trade lined up before they make such a financial commitment.

Despite the quarterback’s postseason heroics, the Eagles turned back to Carson Wentz in 2018. However, when the former first-rounder was lost to injury, Foles has another shot at the starting gig. In five games, the 30-year-old completed 72.3-percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

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      • “If they are smart they’ll draft kyler”

        Really? I highly doubt Jacksonville has the staff to cater towards Kylers play style and height issues. Not to mention how weak his opposition was last year.

  1. Richard Hangslow

    How does that work? Foles has already been taxed on that money plus his agents 5% cut. So he didn’t net $2m but has to pay back a full $2m?

    • Polish Hammer

      NFL agents are capped at 3%, and that $2mil is the price of opting out into free agency which obviously gets trumped by the franchise tag.

      • troll_smasher

        Guess it wasn’t an anonymous rumor after all

        Still, Joe Santoliquito had to call the cops. Twice.
        Today, though, the sun shone bright in Santoliquito’s world for the first time since he published a piece for PhillyVoice on Jan. 21 that used anonymous sources to paint Carson Wentz as a selfish bully who played favorites this season. Why?

        Because Wentz admitted in an interview published Monday morning that the sources weren’t wrong: “I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. … I can be selfish. … Maybe wasn’t the greatest teammate at times.”
        Wentz stopped short of agreeing that his shortcomings short-circuited the offense, and he downplayed the depiction of conflict between him and his teammates and coaches. Nevertheless, the tenor of the interview was that Wentz realized that, as the face of the franchise and the most important player, he at least needs to be more inclusive.
        Santoliquito is relieved.
        “I feel like my credibility is back. I feel validated,” Santoliquito said Monday morning.

        • Polish Hammer

          Speaking of trolls…vindicated because a Christian put his bible down for a second and decided to take the high road over a BS report from an anonymous coward…

          • Polish Hammer

            Interesting article:

            “You have to give Carson Wentz a tremendous amount of credit for one thing.

            He took what was essentially a one-sided, agenda-driven hit piece and instead of dismissing it, he decided to learn from it.

            Wentz could have lashed out at the writer of the recent PhillyVoice piece. He could have lashed out at his anonymous teammates.

            Nobody would have blamed him.

            Instead, he made up his mind to confront himself honestly and take steps to become a better person and teammate.

            “I know I’m not perfect,” he said in a recent interview with half a dozen Eagles beat writers. “I know I have flaws. So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. I’m not going to do that.”

            Wentz said that while some anecdotes in the PhillyVoice story were factually inaccurate, there’s some truth in the characterizations of him as aloof, stubborn and selfish.

            That’s probably true of every NFL quarterback to an extent, but Wentz thought it was important to take whatever strands of truth were in the piece and grow from them.

            “I’ll be straight up. It hasn’t been the easiest last year for me on the physical level, just battling the injuries, but then just personally going through it, sitting on the sideline and then playing and then sitting on the sideline again. So I realize like I maybe wasn’t the greatest teammate at times because I was emotionally kind of all over the place. To the outside world, I probably didn’t show it much. But internally, I mean, you’re definitely fighting some sort of emotions. So there’s things to learn just about how to handle myself in certain situations.”

            The reality is that all successful quarterbacks – all successful people — are probably hard-headed, want to do things their way and aren’t universally liked.

            The challenge for Wentz has been to determine whether his personality really is an issue in the locker room.

            “It’s never fun to read, but to an extent, you look at it and (think), ‘Well, if someone did have this perception of me, why? What have I done wrong? What can I get better at?’” he said.

            “I realize I have my shortcomings. Yes, I can be selfish. I think we all have selfishness inside of us.”

            It’s important to note that the Carson Wentz who went 4-6 this past year while dealing with a balky knee and a broken bone in his back is the same guy who was worshipped in the locker room during his record-setting MVP-caliber 2017 season.

            The number of teammates who came out in support of Wentz following the story’s appearance speaks volumes.

            And still Wentz is mature enough to sort through all of this to figure out how it can make him a better person, a better teammate.”

            But during this conversation we can’t lose sight of just how successful Wentz has been:

            — He’s one of only six quarterbacks in NFL history with consecutive seasons of 20 or more TDs and single-digit interceptions.

            — He’s one of eight QBs in NFL history with back-to-back seasons with a passer rating over 100.

            — His 70 touchdown passes are fifth-most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 40 games. And none of the QBs with more has fewer interceptions.

            So if he really does have some character flaws, they sure haven’t limited him a whole lot.

            Wentz said the reality is that he is who he is, and that’s not going to change. 

            “I’m 26 years old,” he said. “My personality, to some extent, ain’t going to change. What’s gotten me here, what’s gotten me successful, I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, now I’m going to have this free-spirited, Cali-guy vibe.’ That’s just not going to change. … Any time you’re a Type-A guy, there’s a fine line (between) being pushy and shovey and humble. And (learning to) walk that line.

            “Definitely learning to navigate that and never trying to look down on anybody or make it seem like I’m better than anybody. But at the same time, as a Type-A, so-to-speak, confident person that’s confident in off-the-field things and then on the field with what we like, that’s not going to change. That’s not going to go anywhere. I think that’s something that is a positive if used correctly.”

            It would be impossible to find any NFL player that’s liked by all 52 of his teammates. That’s just the reality of 53 personalities in one room.

            Wentz is a proven leader, overwhelmingly popular in the Eagles’ locker room and one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL.

            And if he’s got some things to work on? Join the club. So do all of us. 

            The fact that he recognizes this and accepts it says a lot about what kind of leader he really is.

            • Polish Hammer

              “Carson Wentz sat down to read the Bible. He ended up reading a hit piece. 

              On the morning of Jan. 21, Wentz had just finished breakfast with his wife and was about to have his daily quiet time, where he sits on the couch and reads the Bible, when a member of the Eagles’ public relations staff sent him the link to a story from PhillyVoice, citing half a dozen anonymous Eagles players and sources close to the team, that characterized the franchise quarterback as “selfish,” “uncompromising” and “egotistical.” 

              Wentz on Thursday sat down with a group of select reporters and addressed the situation, providing perspective and context sorely missed from the original report. 

              While Wentz didn’t dismiss the entire report as inaccurate, he did express frustration that any issues weren’t resolved in-house and did explicitly shoot down several details. 

              “I just read it and I was a little confused, I guess,” Wentz said. “It’s never obviously fun to read your name being thrown around like that, but at the end of the day, try not to stress about it too much and let the media or the perception of others dictate who I am. I know who I am, first of all. I know how I carry myself, I know I’m not perfect, I know I have flaws. So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up, I’m not going to do that. But at the end of the day, I will say our locker room is really close. If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them.”

              Wentz, 26, allowed that, at times, he can be selfish. He talked even more in-depth about his personality and the look inward he took after the story was published. 

              Right after Wentz read the report, he admitted he began to play detective, trying to figure out which of his teammates might have said disparaging things about him to a reporter. “But then you’re like, ‘does it really matter?’” Wentz said. “You know what I mean?”

              When asked if he had encountered and friction in the locker room before this story, Wentz said he hadn’t. What seemingly bothered him the most was that if there was a problem, it wasn’t resolved internally. He said that part would have bothered him even if the story wasn’t about him. 

              “(When) we have an issue, usually we resolve it as brothers, as the family that we are,” Wentz said. “It’s why I think myself and a handful of other guys were just confused that it came out like that. If there were problems, we just usually handle it and it doesn’t come out the way that did.” 

              Wentz didn’t want to get into too many specifics from the PhillyVoice report, but, when asked about several, did address a few things he claimed were inaccurate. 

              1. The PhillyVoice story claimed, a “highly-respected veteran teammate” verbally attacked Wentz for not being a “team guy.” 

              Wentz: “To go off of what I said earlier, I’m not really going to go into specifics about some of those stories, but I didn’t know what that was. I didn’t know what that was about.”

              2. The story also claimed offensive coordinator Mike Groh was “bullied” by him. Wentz said he talked to Groh that same day and, “I think we all know that never took place.” 

              Wentz: “I even go back to the year before to Frank (Reich). I know Frank has gone and said him and I used to have these competitive arguments that were healthy. That stuff happens. That’s what I think good football teams have, the ability to respectfully do that and kind of be stubborn and those things. That was the same way with Groh. In my opinion, he’s a very good football mind. And in my opinion, I feel like I have something to contribute too. 

              “I feel like we had some really healthy dialogue. And to say, quote, ‘bullied him,’ I’d say I think that’s, A, kind of disrespectful to Groh. I don’t think anyone bullies Coach Groh. And I think, B, we have a great relationship and it’s just going to keep getting better. That line, I was just kind of blown away by what that would have meant.”

              3. Another part of the report said Wentz didn’t want to run “Foles’ stuff” in the offense. Wentz said he never refused to run plays. 

              Wentz: “The idea of running Foles’ stuff, we both see the game differently to some extent. To say that I was resistant to running his stuff and then vice versa, I don’t … there’s so many things in the X’s and O’s of the game, to just say a blanket statement like that, just doesn’t necessarily do it justice. Again, we both kind of like different concepts, but we’re running similar stuff. And then it’s based on what the defense is giving us. … It’s just such a blanket statement that there’s too many intricacies that necessarily apply.” 

              Instead of spending some customary quiet time on his couch reading The Good Book on the day the story came out, Wentz was forced to deal with an unflattering and partially unwarranted negative story about him. It wasn’t exactly how he expected his offseason to begin, but he seems determined to learn from the experience any way he can. 

              It might have ruined that morning, but it hasn’t ruined his days since. 

              “It kind of changed my attitude a little bit, but just talking to some teammates that talked to me about it and tried to just figure out why and what can we do to resolve it,” Wentz said. “But then at the end of the day, I was just like, I went to bed and just on with the next day. I don’t turn on the radio, I don’t read the papers. I’ve been off of Twitter for a while other than posting tweets, so I try not to let that tie me down. But again, the real element of it, just learning. If there is truth in this, where can I improve as a teammate and as a player and all that?””

            • davidkaner

              Longest statement ever on this site…..hands down. Wow , what a diatribe!!

              • 700Level

                He obviously is in large part cutting and pasting articles. I’m not sure how this isn’t obvious to you. If it’s too long for you then don’t read it.

                • Polish Hammer

                  Exactly 700, first two words read “INTERESTING ARTICLE”, not sure how that went over the head. And it was intended for the troll that wanted to trash a Nick Foles posting and turn it into something else.

      • davidkaner

        I think we’re cutting it thin by even mentioning the 2 million buyout because he then gets Franchised for a whopping 28 million because he gets paid the average of the top 5 QB’s so does the 2 million even worth mentioning? He’s getting PAID!

    • bencole

      Polish Hammer is correct, although the $2 million is likely not a purchase. He can probably use it as a tax loss.

  2. jessethegreat

    He should just accept the 20 million. Philly would have to move him immediately or buy him out themselves because with his 20 million on the books they’d be over the cap.

    Buying his way to free agency makes no sense since There’s no guarantee he’d recoup the 20 million in free agency. And there’s no guarantee philly hits him with the tag.

    I understand there’s worth in choosing your destination with a trade being inevitable, but I can’t see him making more in free agency. Even if he gets tagged, philly hasn’t guaranteed to ship him to his proffered choice of teams.

    • ckguffyiii

      Case Keenum got 25 mil last offseason and Bortles made 20. He will def get more than them.

    • Polish Hammer

      I believe these proceedings were all worked out together and the possible landing spot(s) conveyed to Foles. They’ve had too great of a relationship to just flush it all away now for a pick not far removed from what they’d get as compensation for him walking away. Which also makes me believe they’re getting much better than the 2020 3rd round compensation slot or else they wouldn’t roll the dice on this.

      • Polish Hammer

        That’s not exactly true, the number is lower due to a restructured deal they did the other day plus there are several expendable pieces that could easily get released and/or retire.

  3. Thronson5

    I hope the Eagles are kind enough to let him pick which team he wants to go to. I think the Dolphin and Jags will be going after him and Bridgewater and I think the Bills might be after both of those guys as well.

  4. carlos15

    You’d think they would look to do right by him even if it means losing a third round pick. He did deliver a super bowl to a championship starved franchise.

  5. antonioswancy

    What isn’t mentioned is he was given a $2M raise at the start of the deal. He likely will just give that back or had it withheld.

  6. brewcrewbernie

    He’s not going to get the big deal he’s looking for. Oh wait he’s plays football, not baseball. Never mind.

  7. shawn hemp

    Low class philly. Gets u a Super Bowl but they need control. Let him go.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Pennsylvania has a low class team but it isn’t Philly. They did give Foles a “goodwill” bonus that they were not required to. I do agree though that they should let him test the FA market. Their fears of him transforming the Giants or Redskins into major threats are an over-reaction.

    • 700Level

      Oh, please you m@ron. It’s quite obvious that Foles and the Eagles are working together on this one. Foles has repeatedly said he loves the organization and loves the city. The chance to come back to play for the Eagles was one of the reasons he decided not to retire. Seriously, get a clue

  8. goldenmisfit

    So let me see if I got this right neck Falls pays the 2 million to become a free-agent but is not really a free-agent because he will get tagged. I don’t get this at all! The 2 million buy out was to become a free agent but he won’t be and Philadelphia still gets the 2 million. That’s like going to a car dealership seeing something you like giving the dealer ship $25,000 and walking out with nothing.

    • How is it like that at all?
      Foles got his contract option
      He pays $2m to opt out
      They franchise him for at least $20m and trade him. He still profits $18m.

      Using your own analogy, that’s like going to a dealership, seeing something you like, giving $25,000 and walking out with a contract from another dealer and $225,000.

  9. partyatnapolis

    if the browns will give a 3rd for tyrod taylor, someone will definitely give a 3rd for nick

    • That third round pick the browns gave up was the first pick in the third round too. Number 65 overall I believe… I think Foles on a one year contract will be better than Taylor was.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Broncos will be drafting a QB anyway and in a weak positional year it will take more than a 3rd to get the cream of the crop.

  10. troll_smasher

    Keep the QB that’s not a cancer and doesn’t play favorites. They have more than one receivers besides ERTZ

    • 700Level

      Yes, Wentz is such a cancer he would’ve been MVP last season if he hadn’t gotten hurt. Of course, to be a MVP QB all you have to do is throw to one person.

      Really, this comment section proves that you don’t need a three-digit IQ to comment on this site.

      • troll_smasher

        LOOK everyone!! It’s a guy with a BURNER acct here to defend the Eagles! HOORAY!!! EAD

        • Polish Hammer

          LOOK everyone!! It’s a clown with a BURNER acct here trying to be a troll smasher but is merely a smashed troll! HHOORAY!!! I’d suggest you eatadick but that’s what you enjoy most…

  11. crosseyedlemon

    As I stated in a prior update, the Eagles dance routine here will be pointless. OK, I understand them not wanting Foles on the Giants or Redskins but he wouldn’t be able to transform those teams into major contenders on his own anyway. Their hoping for a 3rd in trade but that is what they get by letting him test free agency. Their time would be better spent focusing on other team needs than playing this game.

  12. The Eagles are not going to tag him unless there’s a trade, and likely an extension, worked out beforehand. If he signs the tag it becomes guaranteed, and that’s a $20M+ hit for a team with no space thanks to Chip “Cap? What cap?” Kelly. The team has to do its due diligence to try to gain some recompense with a known pick this year as opposed to a possible, lower pick next year.

    • Polish Hammer

      Guaranteed the deals are already being worked out or else they wouldn’t have gone through this process. Also guaranteed both sides were frank with each other on this process and how it would play out. Lastly, guaranteed they will do better than just a conditional 3rd in 2020 or else they would’ve just let him walk.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Just because the front office compiles a list of possible scenarios doesn’t mean any of them will actually result in “deals”. They are hoping for better than a conditional 3rd but it’s ludicrous to say that is guaranteed. Certainly both the Eagles and Foles will avoid any animosity in their dealings as both may want to resume the relationship at some future date.

        • troll_smasher

          Guarantee Polish Hammer/700Level are the same people, or CLOSE relatives

          • Polish Hammer

            Why? Because two different people with common sense and knowledge of the Eagles figured it out? Get a life you assclown…

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