Nick Foles Is a Philadelphia Hero—Time to Trade Him

No team has traded its Super Bowl MVP after a championship, but with Carson Wentz returning, the Eagles may not have a choice

So the Eagles are in a position of power: They have two coveted quarterbacks.

Meanwhile, the Bills, Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Jets and others could all hit the market for a quarterback. And they might pay plenty for the player who just shredded Bill Belichick’s defense for the Lombardi Trophy.

.. The Eagles drafted Foles in the third round of the 2012 draft. In 2013, he had one of the best statistical seasons for a quarterback ever: 27 touchdowns, only two interceptions. Not even Tom Brady has put up numbers like that.

From there, it got bumpy. He wasn’t that great and got hurt in 2014. Philadelphia traded him to the Rams in 2015. He wasn’t very good there, either. He went to the Chiefs in 2016 and barely played.

.. They traded a mountain of picks to get Wentz. They made Chase Daniel one of the NFL’s most expensive backups. Then they cut Daniel to sign another expensive backup they liked even more: Foles.

.. the only reason Philadelphia is even in a position to consider a trade is the fact that he had become so devalued. That he became a playoff sensation made Foles more valuable and more expendable than ever.

.. His salary is part of what could make him so attractive. He’d quickly become one of the league’s cheapest starting quarterbacks.

.. Philadelphia is one of three teams above the salary cap for 2018, according to In that context, Foles’s $7.6 million charge is awfully cumbersome for a player the team hopes doesn’t play.

.. Teams short on financial flexibility benefit the most from draft picks—the types the Eagles could get from another team in a trade. The draft produces cheap players on rookie contracts.