When news broke on Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $110 million, including a record $61 million guaranteed, speculation quickly began on the quarterback in the NFL who would receive the next massive payday. Kaepernick’s extension with the San Francisco 49ers could have major implications this year for players like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton, as well as Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck heading into next season. However, the name that seems to be left off the list from the national media is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.
The Eagles and Foles are in an extremely unique position heading into the 2014 season. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Foles is not even eligible for an extension until after this upcoming season. This allows the team to officially give the reigns to Foles for a season-long tryout.
Foles’ contract does not run out until after the 2015 season, which puts the Eagles in the driver’s seat during this point in time. He is set to make $615,000 and $660,000 for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, respectively, so there will be an immense amount of pressure to build off his 2013 campaign from the team, as well himself. Foles may not duplicate his 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but there is a good chance that he could force Philadelphia’s hand with continued improved play.
Foles was drafted the same year as Luck, Griffin III and Wilson. It would seem that all three of these quarterbacks would be line to make more than Foles, who was selected in the third round. Luck and RGII went 1-2 in that 2012 NFL Draft, and although Wilson was a third-rounder, he has already added a Super Bowl ring to his resume.
It would be wise for the Eagles to wait and see what these three quarterbacks sign for and use their contracts as a barometer when negotiations begin with Foles. Foles still has much to prove, and the Eagles hold the upper hand as of now. However, with Michael Vick now a member of the New York Jets, along with no backup threatening him for his job, Foles has an amazing opportunity to build off his stellar 2013 season and receive an enormous payday of his own.