Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles won’t have the franchise tag positioned on him, common supervisor Howie Roseman mentioned Wednesday.
“We’ll let Nick Foles be a free agent,” Roseman mentioned on the NFL scouting mix in Indianapolis. “He deserves a possibility to steer a workforce.”
Foles’ main goal this offseason was to discover a workforce he might name his personal following two unimaginable seasons as Carson Wentz’s backup.
He opted out of his contract with the Eagles by paying them again $2 million in February.
“I’d love to steer a workforce,” Foles mentioned on the shut of the 2018 season. “The starter factor, main a workforce, impacting a locker room … that is why we play the sport, to affect folks, to create an environment.”
Roseman famous that the mix is the NFL’s model of the baseball winter conferences, the place groups have the chance to speak about potential trades. The group was entertaining the concept of putting the tag on Foles to facilitate a commerce, however this choice indicators that the workforce was unable to discover a deal that labored.
By letting him stroll, the Eagles are anticipated to obtain a compensatory choose as excessive as a third-rounder in 2020.
Foles’ potential market shrank when the Denver Broncos traded for Joe Flacco. There’s anticipated to be mutual curiosity between Foles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Further suitors have been tough to establish.
Initially drafted by the Eagles within the third spherical in 2012, Foles was traded to the St. Louis Rams previous to the 2015 season after just a few up-and-down years in Philly, and he contemplated retirement following a tough 12 months in St. Louis. As a substitute, he rejoined coach Andy Reid as a backup with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs earlier than returning to Philly in an analogous position in 2017.
A signing that acquired little consideration on the time proved to be one of the necessary in franchise historical past, as Foles took over for Wentz down the stretch that 12 months and helped the workforce to its first-ever Tremendous Bowl title.
He accomplished 73 p.c of his passes — an NFL single-season document — and threw six touchdowns with one interception throughout that playoff run en path to being named Tremendous Bowl MVP.
He proved that it was no fluke by saving the Eagles’ season a second time this previous 12 months, serving to them to a few straight wins instead of an injured Wentz to shut the common season, in addition to a street victory over the Chicago Bears within the wild card spherical of the playoffs. Foles, 30, has accomplished 62 p.c of his passes in 54 profession video games with 68 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He has the sixth-best profession postseason passer score (98.eight) in NFL historical past.
Tim McManus contributed to this report.