Nick Foles just led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first big boy title, and the Super Bowl LII MVP probably made himself some serious money in the process. While he has a year remaining on his contract, it’s a safe bet Foles won’t be back in Philadelphia when next season kicks off.
With Carson Wentz due back from a knee injury, the Eagles have some moves to make this offseason. Wentz is 100 percent the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia, and Foles’ stock is never going to get higher. The Eagles need to find a trade partner this offseason, but out of respect to Foles they should help him find an ideal situation for his future.
Here is a look at five teams who should be in touch with the Eagles about a potential trade for the 29-year-old Foles.
Carson Palmer is retired and the Arizona Cardinals need a replacement immediately. Foles would be a great fit in the desert.
New head coach Steve Wilks is a well-regarded defensive coordinator who should be able keep the team’s defense at its current level (sixth in total yards allowed in 2017). Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has gotten great seasons out of Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers in his quarterback-friendly offense.
Running back David Johnson is one of the NFL’s most versatile playmakers and his season-ending wrist injury should be fully healed in 2018. Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t made a decision about returning, but the future Hall of Famer posted a 109-catch, 1,156-yard season and can still get it done at the receiver spot.
The weapons are there for Foles to immediately step in and have success. The question would be the price Arizona is willing to pay to get him.
Foles lit up the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game and proved it wasn’t a fluke by dominating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Vikings had a great season, but now face an offseason where all three of their quarterbacks — Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater — are free agents. That’s a problem.
There’s a good chance the Vikings slap Keenum with the transition or franchise tag, but after watching what Foles did Sunday night and in the NFC title game, Minnesota should entertain a change. Foles has been a Pro Bowler in the past and with the right weapons around him he has shown he can excel.
Dalvin Cook will be back next season, and with Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings have a ton of playmakers. Add in an elite defense and Foles could be the missing piece of a championship roster.
With C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker, the Broncos have a solid running game. Throw in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver, plus the fifth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and Denver could offer Foles a wealth of protection on offense. Not to mention, the Broncos had the NFL’s third-best defense in 2017 (290.0 yards allowed per game).
The chance to play for John Elway would have to be a draw for any quarterback. Given the success his Denver have had, Foles would know he would likely be playing for a contender.
New York Jets
Another team expected to go after Cousins isthe New York Jets, but Foles could be a great fit as well. With a ton of salary cap space and the sixth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (and three in the top 50), the Jets face a crucial offseason in which they could really build their future.
Gang Green has some solid young pieces on defense, led by Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams. The issue is an offense completely devoid of exciting, reliable playmakers. This offseason that must change.
If the Jets can commit to finding receivers and running backs to surround a guy like Foles, he could fit in seamlessly. It’s a make-it-or-break-it offseason in New York and Foles could be the centerpiece of a franchise turnaround.
The Cleveland Browns are essentially a clean slate. They own two of the top four picks in the 2018 draft, plus three second-rounders and two third-rounders. Oh, and they have more than $100 million in salary cap space. So yeah, there’s a lot for new general manager John Dorsey to work with.
While the Browns are widely expected to spend the draft’s top pick on a quarterback, why not bring in the Super Bowl MVP instead? If they did that, they could spend the first and fourth picks on playmakers to surround their new quarterback.
As I suggested in another post, they could trade down to a quarterback-needy team, or select a pair of players like, say, Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb. Or maybe Barkley and Roquan Smith. Obviously this could go a ton of ways, but bringing in Foles would allow Cleveland to stock up at other spots.
Myles Garrett looks like a legit playmaker and a few of Cleveland’s other young guys look solid. This offseason will be huge for the franchise, bringing in Foles to accelerate the rebuild could jump-start things.