The Eagles are setting Nick Foles free, into free agency

Chris Lingebach
February 27, 2019 - 1:24 pm
Eagles won't use franchise tag on Nick Foles

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After great consideration, the Eagles will not be franchise tagging quarterback Nick Foles, the team announced on Wednesday.

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"After a lot of conversation, we think letting him become a free agent is the right thing to do," Eagles Executive VP of Football Operations, Howie Roseman, said in a statement. "He's a tremendous player, Super Bowl MVP, and someone we feel is a top 15 quarterback in this league. We were incredibly fortunate to have him and wish him the best of luck in the future."

Foles now immediately becomes the top quarterback on the market when free agency begins on March 13. The 30-year-old an experienced resume few players in the NFL could match, most notably leading the Eagles on a Cinderella run to the Super Bowl after taking over for injured starter Carson Wentz in Week 8 of the 2017 season.

The Eagles under Foles managed to outscore the Patriots, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII, a game in which Foles completed 28 passes for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, more than enough to earn Super Bowl MVP.

With Wentz injured late in the season again in 2018, Philly's luck with Foles finally ran out in the playoffs, their season culminating with a 20-14 divisional round loss to the Saints.

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Though Foles has yet to find the success he's had with the Eagles elsewhere -- with brief stops in St. Louis and Kansas City -- he boasts 26-18 record across seven seasons as a starter, with a 61.6 career completion percentage, 11,165 career passing yards, with 68 passing touchdowns to 33 interceptions.

While it's hard to imagine the Redskins finding the salary cap space for Foles, he would be an ideal successor to Alex Smith in Washington.

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