Philadelphia Eagles: Franchise Tagging Nick Foles Could get Ugly
The Philadelphia Eagles are finding themselves in a difficult situation. The situation involving QB Nick Foles is becoming increasingly difficult. After picking up their 2019 contract option, Foles told the Philadelphia Eagles that he was voiding that option. He then immediately paid the Philadelphia Eagles $2 million as part of the contract agreement. With that buyout, Foles becomes a free agent at the beginning of the new year. That is March 13 if you want to put it on your calendars. However, the Eagles have stated that they intend to franchise tag the QB at the tune of $25 million. This is an attempt to trade their product. This could come back to bite them.
There is a clause in the CBA that states the team must intend to employ the player if they offer said tender. Article 4, Section 8, subsection (b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states as follows: “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.”
By placing the franchise tag to simply trade Nick Foles and recoup a ransom would technically be violating the CBA. Thus, Foles could fight the tag. If he so chooses, Foles could file a grievance against the Philadelphia Eagles. Next, an expedited hearing would be in order. That would take place prior to the start of free agency so that the player could still be a free agent if applicable.
Kirk Cousins Established a Precedent.
This is similar to the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins in 2018. The Redskins could have placed the franchise tag on Cousins for a third season. However, Cousins stated that it would not have been in good faith. Nonetheless, that became moot after the Redskins traded for Alex Smith.
The Philadelphia Eagles could find themselves in a legal battle that they do not want to get into. Choosing to tag Nick Foles and then trading him could be ugly. If they do tag him, why not move Carson Wentz instead? It is cheaper and they may be able to get a better haul.
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