On Wednesday, NFL head coaches and common managers met with the media. The largest information got here out of Philadelphia, with Nick Foles about to go away.
INDIANAPOLIS — The largest query popping out of the NFL Mix on Wednesday?
How is Nick Foles going to look in teal?
Philadelphia Eagles common supervisor Howie Roseman advised the media throughout his presser that the workforce wouldn’t be inserting the franchise tag on Foles. From some corners, the transfer has been painted because the Eagles doing proper by a participant who delivered their solely Tremendous Bowl title again in 2017.
Whereas the story will definitely flip to the place Foles finally ends up — the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars are preventing for Line 1 — let’s look deeper into what occurred with Philadelphia.
The truth is that Philadelphia couldn’t discover a commerce associate, and wasn’t going to threat being on the hook for $25 million when he signed the tag. Or as one supply indicated, Foles advised the Eagles he would instantly signal the one-year franchise tag if the Eagles tried that maneuver, placing him in a really sturdy place and probably killing the Eagles in opposition to the wage cap.
The Eagles, like each different NFL franchise, weren’t anxious about Foles’ emotions. Whereas the connection was good, Philadelphia would have traded him to Manitoba if it made enterprise sense. Sadly for Roseman, no workforce was going to make a proposal for Foles as soon as the Denver Broncos acquired Joe Flacco. With Denver out of the combination, Jacksonville and New York are the one groups that make any sense.
Take into consideration this from Jacksonville common supervisor Dave Caldwell’s perspective. Caldwell additionally realizes that it’s a skinny, doubtless two-team market. The opposite workforce is a division rival that performs just a few hours up the Jersey Turnpike. No probability in hell was Foles being dealt to the Giants. Caldwell was by no means going to make a proposal, understanding Foles was going to hit the market anyway.
In essence, this recreation of rooster was nothing greater than a hopeful phantasm. Philadelphia was enjoying a recreation of poker whereas holding a seven and two off-suit in opposition to seasoned common managers. Sooner or later, the playing cards needed to be turned over.
That second lastly arrived on Wednesday.
Cardinals maintain enjoying coy with Rosen
Common supervisor Steve Keim made waves when he acknowledged that Josh Rosen is his quarterback, “for now.” Rosen, who Keim traded up for to take with the 10th-overall choose a yr in the past, is starting to tip his hand. He desires a workforce to make him a Godfather supply for the No. 1 general choice, hoping they imagine he desires to take Kyler Murray in that spot.
If Keim was severe about dealing Rosen, he wouldn’t be laying it on so thick. In actuality, Keim staked his profession on the UCLA star, and transferring him would sign that each he was horribly fallacious in his analysis, and that Kliff Kingsbury is admittedly operating the present in Arizona.
In Cellular, a workforce supply defined to me that the Cardinals had been extraordinarily excessive on the pass-rushers on this class. It could be a shock in the event that they reverse course for a quarterback they don’t want.
Jets, Colts anticipate to be aggressive in free company
For many of the day, common managers and head coaches practiced the artwork of claiming nothing. Whereas Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and Colts GM Chris Ballard didn’t precisely create 30-inch headlines, each gave perception into their upcoming plans.
Indianapolis has essentially the most cap house within the league, and its intent on spending some. The Colts had been a contender by season’s finish, and including just a few stars would go a good distance in direction of changing into a favourite. When not directly requested about curiosity in Le’Veon Bell, Ballard talked about being prepared to spend main cash if the participant would put them excessive.
As for Maccagnan, the Jets notice that Sam Darnold wants assist. Addressing a query about whether or not he’s inquired on Antonio Brown, Maccagnan acknowledged that he’s at all times asking groups about gamers who’ve been publicly made obtainable. If New York might land Brown after which usher in items round him and Darnold, new head coach Adam Gase might dream about that as an alternative of worrying about when the mix of Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams combusts.
Giants received’t commerce Beckham, or decide to Eli
Each Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman spoke on Wednesday, and each struck the identical chord when discussing Eli Manning: He’s doubtless again, however there’s going to be another person as effectively.
Gettleman referenced the “Kansas Metropolis mannequin” which would come with drafting a quarterback and sitting him for a yr behind Manning. Nonetheless, the Chiefs had been capable of pull that off as a result of Alex Smith guided the workforce to a 10-6, division-winning season. If the Giants are Three-5 on the halfway level, good luck promoting that to the New York media and followers.
Gettleman additionally squashed any Odell Beckham Jr. commerce rumors firstly of his presser. Earlier than being requested a query, the overall supervisor stated he didn’t signal Beckham to commerce him. Case closed until a mega-offer is introduced.
Chiefs say Berry received’t want surgical procedure
Andy Reid dropped a shocker to the native media earlier than taking the rostrum, saying that sturdy security Eric Berry received’t require surgical procedure. Berry, 30, has missed all however 4 gams during the last two seasons with a torn Achilles tendon after which a Haglund’s Deformity in his proper heel. It was later reported by Yahoo’s Terez Paylor and confirmed by FanSided that Berry sought a second opinion on the heel, and it was deemed to be progressing effectively.
Needless to say if Berry had been to have surgical procedure, he wouldn’t have the ability to go his March bodily. If that occurred, the Chiefs wouldn’t have the ability to lower him. Nonetheless, if Berry does go the bodily, Kansas Metropolis can transfer on with a post-June 1 designation and save $9.5 million in opposition to the cap this yr. There’s a whole lot of transferring elements to Berry’s state of affairs which might be value monitoring.