Quarterback is the premiere position in all of sports and those talented enough to excel at the professional level, are rewarded quite handsomely.
Philadelphia Eagles starter Nick Foles has 20 career starts. It helps that he has played like one of the best quarterbacks in football over his last 13 games. In those contest, Foles has passed for 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
Foles is eligible to become a free agent after this season and Tim McManus of Birds 24/7 is reporting that Foles starting point on his new deal could be $18 million per season.
— Foles’ contract runs through the 2015 campaign, but the Eagles may try to lock him in after this season when he becomes eligible. If he finds a high level of success again this year, they’ll have to pay a handsome sum. Corry believes that Foles could end up in Jay Cutler territory. The Bears’ signal-caller recently inked a seven-year, $127 million deal that includes $54 million guaranteed.
“I’m not saying you have to go seven years, but you have to go 18 [per season] on the average,” said Corry. “Now to get in the game with quartertbacks, you’re going to have to go 18 million per season and close to 50 million in guarantees. [Colin] Kaepernick should get done before training camp starts. That’s going to be another benchmark Foles is going to point to. And I can’t see that number coming in below Cutler. He wants $20 million per season…I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets it. That’s just going to be another data point to add to the equation to help Foles.”
I think Foles would have to have a lights out season from beginning to end to come remotely close to that starting point. Chip Kelly’s system alone, will bring down Fole’s market value.