Foles Returns to Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) – Nick Foles is returning to Philadelphia.
The 28-year-old quarterback signed a two-year deal to become Carson Wentz’s backup, the team announced Monday.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 13, 2017
The deal is for $11 million over the two seasons with $7 million of that being guaranteed.
Nick Foles gets $11m over two years from the Eagles, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2017
Foles is, of course, best known for his historic 27-and-2 season back in 2013 when he emerged as the starter during Chip Kelly’s first season as the team’s head coach.
Despite that success, Kelly was never enamored with Foles’ skill set and shipped him to St. Louis before the 2015 season in exchange for Sam Bradford. By 2016, Foles reunited with Andy Reid and was the backup to Alex Smith in Kansas City.
The “Peaches & Herb Tour” returns to Philly this time as Foles reunited with Howie Roseman.
A former third-round pick in 2012 by the Eagles, Foles went 15-9 as the team’s starter
The signing of Foles also indicates veteran backup Chase Daniel, whom Philly signed to compete with Bradford last season, will be moving on with the New York Jets as a potential landing spot.
Daniel has already asked for his release, which is expected to be granted although there are some complications that need to be worked out first.
The veteran signed a three-year, $21 million with the Eagles last offseason and expected to compete for the starting job, something that never materialized even after Philadelphia traded Bradford to Minnesota eight days before the regular season.
Under his current deal, Daniel is set to cost $8 million against the cap in 2017 and the Eagles would only garner the team $1 million in cap relief, hence the negotiations.
In other financial news, Roseman has reworked Zach Ertz’s deal to create over $2.5 million in extra space, according to ESPN.
Source: the Eagles turned $3.225M of TE Zach Ertz' base salary in 2017 into a guaranteed roster bonus, creating $2.58M in cap space.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 13, 2017
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