By all accounts, if not for the play of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, the team would not have been able to celebrate their first Super Bowl Championship a season ago.
If you looked at sportsbooks in NJ last week before their game with the New Orleans Saints, not many gave the Eagles a shot, but the team not only hung in with the Saints, the NFC’s top seed, they also had an early 14-0 lead and had a chance at the end before a deflected pass ended their season.
It was only right then on Saturday when the Eagles proved again what a class organization they are as they paid the backup quarterback the $1 million bonus he barely missed out on at the end of the 2018 regular season.
The quarterback was on track to get the bonus, which he would collect by playing in 33-percent of the team’s offensive snaps, but a rib injury forced him out of the Week 17 win over the Washington Redskins.
The team paid Foles the $1 million dollar bonus in the form of a signing bonus, a smart move to keep a player on the team happy that has over the last two seasons stepped in and brought the team and its fans a lot of joy.
Foles saved the Eagles 2018 season, as he stepped in for an injured Carson Wentz and led the team to an unexpected playoff berth and almost getting them into Sunday’s NFL Championship game.
Now comes the big question for Foles and the team, as there’s plenty of speculation as to how the organization will handle Foles being on the open market.
The Eagles could exercise Foles’ $20 million option for 2019, at which point Foles could pay $2 million to buy out the option-or, in a sense, $1 million if you consider his recent bonus as cutting his buyout in half.
Another option for the team is they could apply the franchise tag on him, with the chance to possibly looking to trade him this offseason for picks in the April NFL Draft.
The most likely thing the team will do is make him a fair offer to come back to the team, again, as the backup for Wentz, and just see what happens.
If Foles leaves, it would only to be a starter on a team that needs someone under center to start the year – the Dolphins are a team that comes to find.
There’s plenty of time to see what happens with Foles, but there’s also a sense of urgency to figure out the future of a player who has done a lot for the the team last two seasons.