The cat and mouse game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foles ended today, as it was reported that the team officially decided not to use their franchise tag on the veteran quarterback.
The offseason started by the Eagles exercising their team option on Foles. Just a few hours later, Foles informed the team that he would buy-out of his option, giving the team $2 Million to earn the ability to become a free agent.
With the Eagles now deciding against franchise-tagging Foles, he is set to become a free agent on March 13th, and should have a host of teams throwing offers at him. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been linked to Nick Foles for some time, and it seems like the most likely place Foles will land if the money is right. If Jacksonville ends up not being interested, the Miami Dolphins could also be a suitor. The worst case scenario for Eagles fans would be the qb-needy New York Giants or Washington Redskins inquiring about bringing Foles in, which would then mean having to face the Super Bowl LII hero two times in 2019.
The Eagles will still benefit from Foles leaving, as the team would be set up to likely receive a 3rd round compensation draft pick in 2020 for losing a key player in free agency.
With the new league year set to start on March 13th, we will likely know on that date where Foles will be playing next season and beyond.