For the second straight season, the Eagles find themselves in a dilemma with backup quarterback Nick Foles. The difference this year, however, is Foles won't be back in Philadelphia next season (UPDATE: On Feb. 27, the Eagles confirmed they will let him be a free agent).
There is another place Foles won't be next season: Washington.
Bovada and other offshore sportsbooks put out odds on where Foles would end up in 2019, and weirdly, the Redskins claimed the second highest chances.
Odds for which team Nick Foles will be on for Week 1 of the 2019 NFL regular season (Bovada):— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) February 6, 2019
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One thing to keep in mind with Vegas odds: the point isn't to guess correctly where Foles lands, rather get the most money spent on the guesses. And a number of Redskins fans love the idea of Foles wearing Burgundy and Gold next season.
It's just not going to happen.
Sure, the Redskins have a need at quarterback. Alex Smith suffered a significant leg injury last season and few expect him to play in 2019. Colt McCoy is under contract for this season, and he's a great person and a capable player, but he hasn't proven an ability to stay healthy for 16 games.
And, yeah, Washington needs a quarterback and Foles is probably the best veteran passer available. How many former Super Bowl MVP QBs become available? It just doesn't happen, but the Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz as their quarterback of the future.
Still, there are a few reasons why Foles to the Redskins is not happening. Let's make them crystal clear:
- C.R.E.A.M. - Foles is due $20 million this season and if he actually hits free agency, he could command more than that on the open market. The Redskins already have $24 million on the books at the QB position between Smith and McCoy. Washington cannot afford to add another QB with a salary of $10 million, let alone $20 million. Bruce Allen needs to find cash to fix a number of positions, and the team cannot go past $30 million total at the QB position, and would probably be wise to keep that number lower if at all possible. The 'Skins CANNOT afford Foles.
- It takes two - The Eagles are doing everything possible to retain control of Foles and then trade him. It might not happen, as it requires using a franchise tag on Foles with no intention of actually working towards a long-term deal, but Philly will try. If the Eagles are able to trade Foles, they're not going to trade him in the division to Washington. This is not an aging Donovan McNabb.
- 2020 Vision - One reason the Redskins aren't pursuing the nuclear option with Alex Smith - cutting him this offseason and taking a massive $40 million cap hit - is because some corners of Redskins Park wonder if he can play again in 2020. That question will become more clear over the coming weeks and months, and should have some level of clarity by the NFL Draft in late April. At that point, the 'Skins can and should look to draft a quarterback. A draft pick would be affordable due to the NFL rookie wage scale, and if it's a late-round pick, that player might not be ready to start by 2020 anyway. Foles and Smith can't cohabit the Redskins roster in 2020, but Smith and a second-year rookie might be able to.
Redskins fans should absolutely expect a new quarterback to join the Redskins between now and the start of OTAs.
It just won't be Nick Foles.
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