By Sam Bush
Eagles big boss Howie Boy Roseman has been praised all over Eagles Nation for his ability to work the numbers.
But now there is some scrutiny on the contract former Birds QB Nick Foles signed to come back and back up Carson Wentz.
As Mike Florio said on Pro Football Talk:
Some may call it a financial apology.
Two years after the Eagles abruptly Nick Foles onto the Rams, and despite a couple of rough seasons in St. Louis and Kansas City, the Eagles have given Foles a solid contract to return as the backup to Wentz.
Per a source with knowledge of the contract, it’s a two-year, $11 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed within five days of signing. The payments come in the form of a $3 million signing bonus, a $1 million fully-guaranteed base salary in 2017, a $3 million roster bonus that becomes fully guaranteed five days after the contract is signed.
The roster bonus makes it more likely that the Eagles will keep Foles in 2018, at a base salary of $4 million. (Then again, they didn’t keep Chase Daniel for the second year of his contract, despite $5 million in guaranteed base salary for 2017.)
The contract also has incentives of up to $2.5 million for 2017 and 2018 based on a variety of factors and a 2018 escalator of up to $6 million based on a various factors.
The deal includes three phony years on the back end, a cap management tool aimed at keeping the number as low as possible in 2017.