Jaguars News: Eagles plan to use franchise tag on Nick Foles
By David Levin
Per a source, the Philadelphia Eagles plan to use the franchise tag on quarterback Nick Foles and then trade him. The Jaguars may be the team he plays for in 2019.
Could a move by the Philadelphia Eagles involved quarterback Nick Foles eventually lead to a trade involving the Jacksonville Jaguars?
"According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, “The Eagles are expected to use their franchise tag this offseason on quarterback Nick Foles in an effort to then try to trade him, according to sources on other NFL teams who have been in touch with Philadelphia.”"
The idea is for the Eagles to try an trade the back-up turned starter for a third-round draft pick. The Jaguars have to picks in the third round – their own and the one they obtained from the Los Angeles Rams in the deal that sent Dante Fowler out west at the NFL trade deadline. The move, should it happen, would have implications on the Jaguars moves in both free agency and at the NFL Draft.
A trade for Foles will all but eliminate the possibility of Blake Bortles remaining with the organization as the team must also decide is they want to keep the much maligned signal caller on the roster or released him.
The Jaguars may look to acquire Foles, especially since the team hired John DiFilippo as its offensive coordinator. He was the Eagles quarterbacks coach from 2016–2017 before becoming the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator in 2018. He and Foles have a relationship and a Super Bowl title together.
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"“The Eagles refused to specify any of their plans for Foles. But being that other teams already have inquired on Foles’ price, and it is expected to be around a third-round pick, the way for Philadelphia to secure the quarterback’s rights this offseason would be with a franchise tag,” Schefter wrote."
There are other teams expected to make a run at Foles, should he become available in a trade. The Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins have also been mentioned as potential destinations.
Miami is expected to move on from Ryan Tannehill under center. The Redskins do not expect Alex Smith to be available this coming season because of the season-ending leg injury he suffered.
Jacksonville has also been linked to both Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and New Orleans Saints signal caller Teddy Bridgewater. The Jaguars own the seventh pick in the NFL Draft and may look to select a quarterback then as well.
In order for all of this to happen, the Eagles must first pick up Foles’ $20-million option before using the franchise tag. Foles would then pay the team $2 million to void the deal. It is believed he would agree to this. Philadelphia would then place the franchise tag on Foles and work a deal with another team this offseason for a trade.