exercise a $20 million option to keep Foles for 2019. That’s a big price to pay a backup, though Wentz is scheduled to make a base salary of $720,000 next season with a salary cap total of about $8.5 million.
If the team declines the option, Foles becomes a free agent. If the option is picked up, Foles has five days to choose whether to accept it or void it and pay back a $2 million signing bonus. Philadelphia could elect to exercise the option and trade Foles. His salary would become fully Philadelphia at New Orleans, 1:40 p.m. /1550 guaranteed on March 18, the fifth day of the league year.
Wentz is under team control through 2020 and the Eagles could offer him a longterm deal now before his asking price skyrockets.
Although it’s not a debate within the organization, Foles vs. Wentz has dominated conversation among fans and sports talkers.
Foles has won a Super Bowl and he’s 25-12 as a starter in Philadelphia, going back to his first stint with the team in 2012-14. He has the highest winning percentage (.676) in franchise history.
While outsiders argue the merits of both, it has not been uncomfortable for two quarterbacks who are close friends and share a special bond.
“Both guys are brothers in Christ first and foremost so that’s a big part of their relationship,” Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz said. “They understand that football is not the most important thing to them so they relate extremely well in many other things. They’re extremely happy for the other guy’s success.
“You don’t find that everywhere. You don’t find that very often on the same team let alone the same position, but that is what’s different about this team. Guys truly care about one another and are happy for the other man’s success.”
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles jogs off the field in Chicago last Sunday after his latest playoff victory in place of Carson Wentz.