I guess we can cross Denver off the list.
This offseason, as we’ve tried to figure out where Nick Foles might end up in a trade or as a free agent, the Denver Broncos have been on the top of most lists. Not anymore.
Breaking: Baltimore has agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Broncos, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
Trade cannot be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. Teams prohibited from commenting on deal or terms surrounding it.
That is certainly an interesting decision by the Broncos for plenty of reasons. We don’t know the exact compensation yet (NFL Network reports it’s a mid-round pick), but Flacco has a huge salary that might need to be adjusted. And I wouldn’t have thought he’d be a better target than Foles. Oh well, cross Denver off the list, I suppose.
There are still several teams that would make a ton of sense for Foles, but we’ll need to know how the Eagles proceed. After Foles bought back his chance at free agency, the only way the Eagles can trade him would be if they slap a franchise tag on him first. There are plenty of hurdles along that route, including salary cap space, a lack of leverage and the possibility that a move such as that would violate the CBA.
I still think Foles will eventually become a free agent, which is what he’s going to want. He’d get a chance to earn a longer-term deal and pick where he wants to play in 2019.
I think these are the top five options left:
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags need to move on from Blake Bortles and former Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo is now their offensive coordinator. The Jags had a terrible season in 2018 but had a playoff team just the year before.
New York Giants: This makes a ton of sense to me. Foles could be reunited with Pat Shurmur, who understands how to use him. And the Giants have plenty of weapons for a quarterback in Odell Beckham, Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.
Washington Redskins: It looks like Washington isn’t going to have Alex Smith back this season — maybe he never plays again — so they’re going to need a QB. Dan Snyder would love a splash.
Miami Dolphins: If Miami is ready to move on from Ryan Tannehill, Foles might be their best option. Miami’s new coach Brian Flores was on the other side of Foles’ incredible Super Bowl LII performance.
Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden’s team has a ton of cap space if they want to lure Foles to the Raiders. They still have Derek Carr, but I could see them moving on. They also have three first-round draft picks if the Eagles do end up using a franchise tag.
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