The offseason of Nick Foles in Philadelphia is just beginning, as the Eagles are expected to move on from their former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and stick with former No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz.
Philly is expected to pick up Foles' option, and according to Adam Schefter, they plan on franchise tagging the 30-year-old QB in hopes of trading him.
The Eagles asking price for Foles is reportedly a third-round pick, which is certainly a manageable expectation.
Sources: Eagles expected to use their franchise tag on Nick Foles, then try to trade him for a third-round pick, per league sources.https://t.co/uPKcMmEcfh— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 2, 2019
This would be an odd way of handling Foles' departure, as the Eagles would receive a third-round compensation pick should he leave in free agency. Instead, this is about control.
With multiple NFC East teams in need of a quarterback, Philadelphia would rather avoid playing Foles twice every season in the immediate future. By hanging on to his rights, the Eagles can deal Foles to the AFC, or at the very least a team outside of their division.
3 trade destinations for Nick Foles after his latest contract news https://t.co/iHOGOFqGlZ— Sports News & Stuff (@SportNewsNStuff) February 2, 2019
While a team like the Jaguars makes the most sense for Foles, it's unknown if they're willing to pony up for the former Pro Bowler.
This is a calculated risk for Philadelphia, but one which for now gives the Eagles complete autonomy.