It’s very rare to see Quarterbacks with the resume of Nick Foles on the trade market. Over the past decade or so in the NFL, the amount of trades involving starting veteran QBs are slim. The most recent ones that come to mind involved the Eagles in both, one which swapped Foles/Bradford and another that sent Bradford to Minnesota for a 1st round pick.
Again, you don’t see it that often but the compensation is worth noting when trying to gauge what Foles could go for on the market. Some other relatively recent trades of the past decade or so include:
– Drew Bledsoe to Buffalo for a 2003 1st
– Jay Cutler to Chicago for a 2009 1st, 2010 1st, 2009 3rd and QB Kyle Orton
– Brett Favre to New York for a conditional pick (2009 3rd)
As you can see, the price for a starting QB on the trade market is rather high. Even the Packers were able to salvage a 3rd round pick for a 39yr old Brett Favre who was clearly on the decline. So looking at Foles’ resume and the current market for QBs around the league, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Philadelphia was able to get at least a 1st round pick out of the deal.
Below I listed a handful of teams in the market for a QB along with their prime trade asset(s) that the Eagles could try nabbing from them in exchange for Nick Foles.
Potential target – RB Leonard Fournette
A high 1st round pick just 2 seasons ago, Fournette’s sophomore season brought a handful of injuries, a decline in production and even a suspension. As the season came to a close, rumors began to fly around that the 24yr old may be on his way out of Jacksonville.
The Jaguars currently have a QB room of Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler. They could opt to draft Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins in a few months but with the Giants one slot ahead of them in the pecking order, it may be tough.
Although Fournette isn’t the type of back you would usually see in a Doug Pederson offense, his upside is evident. We saw LeGarrette Blount, a similar back, excel in Pederson’s offense just a year ago, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Fournette could do even more considering his youth and skill set.
Other Targets: LB Telvin Smith, DT Malik Jackson
Potential target – RB Kenyan Drake
Trading for another Dolphins RB? It makes sense. Kenyan Drake experienced a somewhat disappointing 2018 campaign but his fit in Philadelphia is ideal.
Ryan Tannehill has manned the QB position in Miami for 6 seasons now and although he has had some mild success, a change of scenery for both parties may be for the best.
Drake, a fourth year back out of Alabama, is not only an efficient runner out of the backfield but excels in the pass game as well. Due to limited play over his first 3 seasons in the league, his numbers don’t jump out at you but he passes the eye test nonetheless. He would be a great addition to an Eagles offense that struggled mightily running the ball in 2018.
Other targets: WR Kenny Stills, OT Laremy Tunsil, Pick #13
Potential target – Pick #10
This scenario would most likely involve the Eagles sending draft capital (mid round picks) along with Foles to Denver but if Philadelphia has it’s eye on a top 10 prospect in this year’s Draft, it’ll be well worth it.
Denver signed Case Keenum, a former teammate of Foles, to a 2yr deal just last season but after a disappointing 2018-19 campaign, Elway and the Broncos may be tempted to get out of that QB situation prematurely. Releasing Keenum before the June 1st deadline would clear $11mil of his remaining $21mil left on his contract.
Other Targets: RB Royce Freeman, DB Chris Harris Jr.
Las Vegas Raiders
Potential target – Pick #24
After seemingly trading away every known player outside of Derek Carr in his first year with the Raiders, don’t count out Gruden to do more of that going into his first full off-season with the team.
After all of the trades, the Raiders now have a boatload of Draft capital that they could use to acquire already established players in the league. The #24 pick is solid value and would give Philadelphia trade ammunition if they wanted to move up higher into the 1st.
Other Targets: Pick #27, DB Gareon Conley
These scenarios all seem pretty comforting in terms of value heading back to Philadelphia but there’s still one roadblock in the way of any of these deals actually coming to fruition. The Eagles will have to franchise tag Nick Foles as he is set to become a Free Agent this summer. Although Philadelphia and Foles have a mutual option for the 2019 season it’s unlikely Foles agrees to it considering his demand on the market.
Philadelphia will have to make room financially to afford a Foles’ franchise tag which will be tough to do. If there was one guy in the league to get this job done though, it’d be Howie Roseman as we’ve seen him work his magic plenty of times throughout the years.
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