Philadelphia Eagles: Navigating the departure of Nick Foles

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As the relationship between Howie Roseman and Nick Foles nears its conclusion, how does this Philadelphia Eagles love story play out?

After a courtship several years ago, Howie Roseman, Nick Foles, and the Philadelphia Eagles decided to give their relationship another try. In all fairness, neither was responsible for ending the first union. But this second time around, boy did things work out. Their house is plastered with photos of super memories and joyful celebrations.

Together they paraded through town, collaborated on outdoor banners, and even got matching rings. Unfortunately, not all relationships are meant to last.

Foles wants to start and lead his own football team, neither of which is going to happen in Philadelphia. As expected, Roseman and the Eagles did indeed pick up Foles’ $20 million option, only to have him buy back his free agency by paying the Eagles $2 million, per the terms of his contract.

Nick Foles’ run in Philadelphia is over. The only question that remains is how does he exit.

If everything stays as is, he will become a free agent, free to sign with any team once the new league year begins on March 13. In letting Foles walk, the Eagles would likely receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2020 NFL draft, depending on the value of his next contract.

However, it is widely believed that the Eagles will place the franchise tag on Foles in order to trade him for an immediate return. The window for teams to place the tag is Feb. 19 through March 5, so we’ll soon have an answer. If after March 5th Foles has not been tagged, he will officially become a free agent.

There are many scenarios to consider when plotting what’s to come, including the Eagles possibly being in violation of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

And we’ll take a look at each.