Interest in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has sparked, and it appears the team will have some tough decisions to make about the Super Bowl MVP’s future.
An AFC team has already offered a second-round pick for Foles, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The offer was proposed earlier this offseason, per the source.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, both head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of Howie Roseman left the door open for Foles to be traded.
Pederson said in Indianapolis that he wouldn’t feel right blind-siding Foles with a trade, “if that happens,” the clearest indication that the Eagles are willing to move Foles for the right price.
Teams from the AFC most commonly linked to pursuing a quarterback are the Browns, Bills, Jets and Dolphins. The Browns have two second-round picks, one of which came from the Eagles in the Carson Wentz trade, as do the Bills and Jets. The Dolphins have one second-round pick.
The Browns, Jets and Dolphins could also get their new quarterbacks in the first round, especially given the position depth this year. The Browns pick first and fourth overall. The Jets pick sixth. The Dolphins pick 11th. The Bills select 21st overall, which might them more willing to deal a pick for an established quarterback.
Timing and circumstance could factor heavily into Roseman’s decision on trading Foles. The Eagles don’t have second- or third-round picks in this year’s draft, leaving nearly 100 selections between their 32nd overall pick and their next pick — 131st overall in the fourth round. Roseman has said he’d like to be active on the second day of the draft.
On the flip side, Foles’ value stands to increase later this summer if a team needs a quarterback headed into the season.
The Eagles received a first- and fourth-round pick from the Vikings in exchange for Sam Bradford just before the start of the 2016 season after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a major knee injury. Last summer, the Dolphins pried Jay Cutler out of retirement after Tannehill went down with a season-ending knee injury.
Roseman also must factor in the return timetable for quarterback Carson Wentz, who’s rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament. Roseman said last week he’s uncertain if Wentz will be ready for the season opener.
— Geoff Mosher, a longtime Philadelphia sports reporter, is also a host on @975TheFanatic in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffMosherNFL.