Philadelphia Eagles: Could a run on QBs inflate Nick Foles value?

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With seven teams vying for five quarterbacks in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, could the Philadelphia Eagles cash out big on Nick Foles?

If Nick Foles is serious about wanting to become a starter sooner rather than later, he should have his eyes glued to his tv Thursday night.

After receiving conflicting reports about outside interest inquiring about Foles over the 2018 offseason, it appears as though the Philadelphia Eagles had given up on trading the Super Bowl 52 MVP, but all that could change depending on how the first few picks of the NFL draft fall into place.

With as many as seven teams, the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, and the New England Patriots vying for the five quarterbacks with first-round grades, someone is bound to come out of the first round disappointed, if not out of the first half of the first round, and that may lead to a panic.

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If a team like Buffalo, who’d already traded away their starting left tackle to move up in the first round were to somehow lose out on acquiring the players they deem the missing piece to an eventual Super Bowl run, it’s entirely possible that Sean McDermott could put in a call to Howie Roseman and company about acquiring Foles, a player he’s very familiar with as the duo were both in South Philly in 2012.

And under the pressure of a feverish fanbase reading the pitchforks over a quarterback snub, that deal could get fairly pricey.

It’s long been reported that the Eagles are interested in at least a first-round pick for Foles services, and while this has obviously been in a non-starter for all of the trade talks they’ve engagements so far in 2018, if a franchise like Buffalo or Arizona were to miss out on their guy, they may be willing to give up a premium draft pick to take another shot  at acquiring a franchise quarterback in the same way that the Teddy Bridgewater injury did for Sam Bradford.

What about the New York Giants?

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While many fans would be livid over the Eagles shipping a folk hero like Foles to their division rivals, the veteran signal-caller actually had the best year of his career in 2013 under then offense of coordinator Pat Shurmur, who just so happens to be the head coach in New York. With many Pundits split on who the Giants will select in the first round, whether that be a quarterback like Sam Darnold or the consensus best player available Saquon Barkley, don’t be shocked if Shurmur and company expressed interest in reuniting with Foles in Big Blue.

Regardless of how the board ends up falling, Foles’ name will surely come up in plenty of war rooms come draft day.

After signing a revised contract that includes a 2019 mutual option, any team looking to acquire Foles would essentially get the signal caller under contract for two seasons, for a relatively cap-friendly price of $8.6 million in 2018 and in a hard cap league, that’s an incredible value.

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With the 2018 NFL Draft almost upon us, many fans are speculating about who the Eagles will take at  32, or if they will trade out of the pick, but the real drama in South Philly may come at the top of the draft as the quarterback arms race may lead to a big payday for Nick Foles.