The Philadelphia Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It was a shocking defeat for the New England Patriots in a 41-33 epic shootout. Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles, threw for 373 yards, three touchdowns and even caught a touchdown in the Super Bowl while earning MVP honors.
Foles started his NFL career with the Eagles as a backup to Michael Vick when they drafted him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft after playing college football at Arizona. In his first run with Eagles, he became the second quarterback to post a perfect passer rating (158.3) while passing for seven touchdowns in a single game.
Foles also played for the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the Eagles this past season and filled in for their promising, young quarterback Carson Wentz who was injured late in the regular season.
We expect to see Wentz get his job back as soon as he’s healthy. But Foles isn’t exactly free to leave Philadelphia in search of his own starting gig. Foles will be under contract with the Eagles in 2018 for $7.6 million. The Eagles could decide to keep him as a proven backup quarterback while Wentz recovers from a severe injury, in case there are any setbacks. However, Foles lit up the Patriots and Vikings on his way to being named Super Bowl MVP so he might draw significant interest on the trade market.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and Foles has proven his worth when he’s had the opportunity. Let’s not forget that he’s very cheap too. Most teams don’t have the luxury of two starting-caliber quarterbacks, but the Eagles could decide to sell Foles while his value is high and look to acquire draft picks in exchange for his services. We know that Eagles aren’t shy when it comes to giving up quarterbacks, so we do expect to see Foles be moved before the NFL Draft in April.
Let’s take a look at different teams who could be interested in Foles.
New Orleans Saints:
This may not seem like it’s a smart choice for Foles, but Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees is a free agent this offseason and the Saints must make him a deal, or they will be left trying to find themselves a replacement. The Saints could try to sneak up in the draft and find Brees’ successor, but if the Saints can get Foles for cheap, they could do what the Eagles accomplished by leaning on their running game and their top-10 defense. Of course, we don’t expect to see the Saints and Brees parting ways, but it could be another great season for Foles and the Saints if it were to happen.
This is probably one of the choices no former Super Bowl MVP would want, but it’s highly likely that Foles could be the next starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have been in search for their franchise quarterback in which they haven’t had since… well never. Foles would actually be their best quarterback in the last 10 seasons. Here’s a quick list of Browns’ quarterbacks of the past 10 seasons:
2008: Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski
2009: Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson
2010: Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, and Seneca Wallace
2011: Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace
2012: Brandon Weeden and Thad Lewis
2013: Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer
2014: Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw
2015: Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Austin Davis
2016: Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler
2017: DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan
With the Browns owning two of the first four picks in this year’s draft, they could likely pass on Foles and take their chances with another rookie quarterback. The Browns could also use their later draft picks to try and acquire Foles from the Eagles while still having the two first rounders to draft a rookie quarterback and another player that will help their team. How would Foles shine in this offense? If the Browns were able to get Foles and keep their two first rounders, they too could use the similar style that the Eagles did on offense which was running the ball and making big plays when needed. Imagine having Foles as the starter with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Baker Mayfield as his backup, and then the Browns draft Penn State running back, Saqoun Barkley.
The Vikings’ quarterback situation is a mess. All three quarterbacks, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater are scheduled to become free agents. The Vikings just got torched by Nick Foles and the Eagles in the NFC title game. Depending on what they decide to, they could bring in Foles to compete for the starting job. Maybe Keenum or Bradford will follow former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to the New York Giants to compete with Eli Manning for the starting job. That works out well for Foles who will be able to do what he did with the Eagles as he lets the running backs and receivers help take the Vikings back to the NFC title game.
The Bills apparently don’t trust Tyrod Taylor as their long-term quarterback, so that leaves the door open Foles to get traded there. The Eagles and Bills actually love making trades with each other, and this could be another one that goes down. Foles would be reunited with running back LeSean McCoy as well. We expect the Bills to keep Taylor on as a backup when Foles gets there, but is it really worth it?
This is another one of those situations where Foles would have the receivers and running backs already in place for him to succeed. The Broncos would also have the strong defense to help take the pressure off him. The Broncos will likely keep Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch on their roster, but Foles has no real competition here. Even if they decided to trade for Foles and take a quarterback with the 5th overall in the upcoming draft. Regardless, Demaryius Thomas and Emanuel Sanders will have a better season than last year. Whether it’s Foles or maybe Cousins.
New York Jets:
Like the Broncos, the Jets don’t have an actual starting quarterback on their roster. The Jets will definitely be looking to find their next star quarterback and help them make the playoffs again. It may be a little difficult to make the playoffs with the young, inexperienced roster the Jets have, but with the cap space and 6th overall pick in the draft. Foles will gel quickly with this young Jets team.
The Cardinals are looking for a new quarterback since Carson Palmer announced his retirement. Cardinals could bring Foles in on his remaining contract to help them bring in more pieces around him. The Cardinals have a new coaching staff, so Foles won’t be the only player to have to learn the scheme. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson will be with Foles. The Cardinals don’t want to have a complete rebuild and Foles allows them to have flexible with their cap space. It will be a difficult task for the Cardinals to win their division because of the direction each team is going in, but it’s a task that Foles is up for.