NFC East Notes: Eagles, Foles, Manning

For a minute there, the Eagles considered tagging quarterback Nick Foles. This week, owner Jeff Lurie confirmed what had been widely rumored – the tag was considered only to stop Foles from potentially leaving for the rival Giants or Redskins (Twitter link via Mike Garafolo of However, when it became apparent to the Redskins that Foles would be leaving the conference altogether by signing with the Jaguars, the Eagles opted against the move.

Foles was beloved in Philadelphia, but holding on to him as Carson Wentz‘s backup would have been an expensive proposition. Instead, the Eagles allowed him to fly away while putting their limited cap space into other areas.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • As the Giants evaluate their future at the quarterback position, they have not ruled out the possibility that Eli Manning could be their QB in 2020, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY hears. If the Giants do not draft a QB at No. 6 or No. 17 overall or trade for Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, this could be the most likely outcome. From there, the Giants would kick the can down the road into 2020, when they would (finally) select Manning’s heir.
  • The Cowboys‘ one-year deal with safety George Iloka is a minimum salary benefit contract that will count for just $735K against the cap, as Todd Archer of tweets. He’ll earn a $930K base salary with just $210K of that amount being guaranteed. The longtime Bengals starter is just the latest one-year addition in Dallas, joining fellow vets Randall Cobb, Kerry Hyder, Christian Covington, Cameron Fleming, Tavon Austin, and Jason Witten on deals that expire after the 2019 season.
  • The Redskins will move former Giants first-round pick Ereck Flowers from tackle to guard, as John Keim of tweets. They don’t expect there to be much of a learning curve, however. “With his strength and his size and his ability to move I think it will be a natural easy fit,” head coach Jay Gruden said. “[When] we drafted Brandon I remember they came out in the same class and rated right next to each other. Ereck was more a tackle and Brandon projected more of a guard. Both are athletic big and can move. It will be an easy transition.”
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8 comments on “NFC East Notes: Eagles, Foles, Manning

  1. tinman67

    Good luck with that. As a Giant fan I’ve seen him get beat so many times it doesn’t matter where you try to hide him.

    • RockHauler

      I agree. How many times did you see him put his down and the guy run right around him? To many to count.
      As for the expectations because of his ‘talents’. How many times in the off season did we hear that about him? To many to count. Each time he disappointed. Plus he kept saying he’s only a LT! How long before he complains he’s not a guard? Good luck with him in Washington.

  2. TheTruth12

    I don’t see why the Giants should/have to pick a QB at 6 or 17 there’s only 2 QBs that are locked for the first (Murray and Haskins) they can go QB at 37 if they wish and still have a decent options. I say at 6 go Oline and 17 bpa

    • myaccount

      If they’re gonna go that strategy, go BPA at 6 and OL at 17 (Dillard, Little, Lindstrom, Bradberry, Risner, maybe even Jonah if he slides a little still on the board). But their OL is a lot better on paper now than at the beginning of 2018.

  3. Sick of Losing

    what do you Giant fans think of Will Grier if he is available round 2, we don’t execute a trade for Rosen and we do not pick Haskins or Murray in the first?

    I am not a fan but some of these crazy hyped up trades involving QB’s and overpaying put a lot more risk out there than a second round pick.

    • Sick of Losing

      ps: God help us if Eli is under center in 2020. I cannot..keep…watching…this.

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