Nick Foles will return to the NFL next season, but it probably won’t be with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Foles, who led the Eagles back into the playoffs after guiding them to a Super Bowl last season, is owed $20 million next season, a hefty price for Philadelphia to pay for a backup quarterback.
Sure, it’s possible Philly is so concerned about the durability of starter Carson Wentz that they bite the bullet and keep Foles at that price, but it seems unlikely.
Also, with how well he has played when given a chance, there’s no reason why Foles would renegotiate his deal and take less money to return to the Eagles.
To become a free agent, Foles simply has to pay back $2 million the Eagles already gave him in guaranteed money. If Foles does that, he’s free to sign with whichever club he chooses as a starting quarterback.
“I mean, we’ll see what happens in the future,” Foles said after Sunday’s 20-14 loss to Saints in New Orleans. “Once again, I’m not going to speculate on that. But yeah, I love to lead a team. I love being in the huddle, being a part of a locker room, doing that. That’s why I play the game.”
Though he wouldn’t speculate on the future, Foles certainly sounded like a player who was ready to leave Philadelphia in the past.
“I think the big thing the big thing is what the city means to me,” he said. “It’s always welcomed me and my family. It’s really been a joy to live there and be a part of everything and wear the green, wear the jersey. No matter what, you can never take that away. We were able to do some really special things. We’ll see what happens. I’ll tell you this: I’ve enjoyed every single moment and it’ll always have a special place in my heart.”