The Philadelphia Eagles believe that New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman would try to sign Nick Foles if he were to be a free agent.
According to a report from Jason Cole of Fansided, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman may attempt to sign Eagles quarterback Nick Foles if he were to be a free agent. Foles is slated to hit the free agency market when the new NFL league year begins on March 13.
On Tuesday, the Eagles exercised the $20 million option on Foles for the 2019 season. In response, Foles exercised a $2 million buyout. It’s clear Foles wants to go elsewhere and play, instead of being the backup to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
“The Eagles believe there’s a strong chance the Giants will part ways with Manning and attempt to sign Foles if Foles hits the market,” writes Cole.
However, a franchise tag could be used on Foles. This would give the Eagles a cap hit of $25 million next season. All that for someone who most likely will be the backup quarterback, barring another Wentz injury.
There’s a couple ways to look at this situation if Gettleman were to go after Foles for next season.
First off, Foles can definitely play. We all know (although don’t like to remember) he came in for an injured Wentz and led the Eagles through the playoffs. They ultimately beat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. Foles also came in for the Eagles towards the end of the regular season this past year and threw for 1,413 yards and seven touchdowns in five games. He led them to a playoff win in Chicago, however, fell to the Saints in the Divisional Round of the postseason.
However, it’s possible Foles only can succeed in the system that Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has implemented. It’s not just the quarterback that led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win. The coaching was what got them there in the first place. Pederson obviously has an effective system. Both Wentz and Foles have succeeded under it.
Foles is also 30-years-old. Looking for a quarterback in the draft could work better for Big Blue in the long-run.
If the Giants were to go out and get Foles to replace Manning, it would be a gamble. We could see the next future of the Giants, or we could see a free agency-type bust. If it were up to me, steer clear of Foles. He’s not worth the risk.