The Philadelphia Eagles are not going to use the franchise tag on quarterback Nick Foles. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Foles will become a free agent and will hit the open market next month.

This is a bittersweet moment for all parties involved. However, it seems like the only logical move left for the Eagles. Foles led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl title in the 2017-18 season. Foles also reemerged as a starter late during the 2018 season and went (4-1) as the lead signal caller. Overall, the Eagles were (9-7) and earned a wildcard playoff spot thanks to a late season run.

Foles almost led the Eagles to consecutive NFC Championship games. However, his final pass as an Eagle went through the hands of Alshon Jeffery and right into the hands of New Orleans Saints defensive back Marshon Lattimore. Otherwise, the Eagles might be having a different discussion about the future of their franchise.

With each win, pressure mounted about whether Foles should stick around for another year. More importantly, the Eagles are going to have to make a decision about third year quarterback Carson Wentz. Now, it seems they are all in on Wentz for the future. Meaning, there won’t be anymore time off when the season looks lost. Wentz is going to be the leader of the team in good and bad times.

Foles will be entering his 8th season in the NFL. He has never started a full NFL season. However, Foles had great moments in two different stints in Philadelphia. During his second year in the NFL, Foles accounted for 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in 10 starts. He amassed an (8-2) record in 2013 and followed up with a (6-2) record in 2014.

Yet, Foles was jettisoned out of town to become a starting quarterback with the St. Louis Rams in 2015. He started 11 games for the Rams in his only season. A year later, Foles moved across the state to the Kansas City Chiefs. After one start with the Chiefs, Foles came back to the Eagles in 2017. Once again, he played great in a backup role. Now, he will have an opportunity to lead another franchise in 2019.

Foles is 30 years of age. Therefore, he will be looking for a huge contract from a title contender. Remember, Foles declined a $20 million option in February. That move may have very well turned him into a trade asset. Instead, Foles can find a place on his own. He may find a home with the Jacksonville Jaguars within the month.

Overall, Foles has a (26-18) record in the NFL. He has 68 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. Those numbers look more like 2.5 seasons worth of games than a Super Bowl winning veteran. As a result, Foles is still considered to be a gamble for many teams.

 

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