Says the New York Daily News:
Nick Foles would be an attractive free agent quarterback option for the Giants this offseason, if the Eagles don’t pick up his $20 million 2019 option or if Foles exercises his mutual player option out of his deal by paying back this year’s $2 million signing bonus to Philly.
Foles, the reigning Super Bowl MVP who turns 30 on Jan. 20, also may not be available at all, since his three straight wins to carry the Eagles back to the playoffs may carve out a more permanent place for him in the City of Brotherly Love.
But if Foles does hit the market, he’ll be attractive to the Giants for many reasons, including his poised and calm demeanor that appears to rub off and positively impact his team.
Giants linebacker Connor Barwin, who played with Foles in 2013 and 2014 with the Eagles, provided some insight into why Foles is that way — and what he does well.
“That’s just his personality,” Barwin said Monday. “He’s been through a lot, had bad years, kind of never wavered, and that’s just who he is. And I think he’s a guy that brings guys together. He can connect with everyone. He can talk with everyone. He doesn’t have a huge ego. Guys love playing with him because of that. And so he’s been great in those big-time pressure moments.”
Barwin vividly recalls Foles’ 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013, of course, with Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator to then-Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, and the physical skills that make Foles effective.
“Well he’s got a huge arm,” Barwin said. “I mean, as you guys all know, he can throw the deep ball as (well) as anybody. The year he went nuts … in Philly with Chip, I remember we played the Raiders (and) he threw like four, 50-yard bombs to Riley Cooper, ya know? And he’s got that, which can really open up a field when you’ve got to worry about that deep ball. And then he’s in a good system where they run that RPO game and he just fits in it well.”
Foles on Nov. 3, 2013 in Oakland, by the way, did in fact complete deep throws of 63 yards (Cooper, touchdown), 59 yards (DeSean Jackson) and 46 yards (Jackson, touchdown), and added a shorter throw to Cooper that went for 42 yards in total, as well.
Barwin said that Foles “really doesn’t have an ego. That’s really who he is.” And he added: “And people gravitate to people like that, you know what I mean?”