Working on adding depth and talent to their roster so far this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have brought back quarterback Nick Foles on a two-year contract. Once a starter for the Eagles, Foles has spent the last few seasons with Andy Reid in Kansas City, serving as the team’s backup behind Alex Smith.
Coming back to Philly, Foles arrival will also signal the departure of Chase Daniels, a player that had little of anything to backup his massive contract — massive for a backup quarterback that is. In fact, this signing will not only give the Eagles better value for their money, but should also give this team a proven quarterback to backup Carson Wentz.
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Considering that Chase Daniels did not have much to his name, it could have been a wild roller coaster ride with his starting should Wentz have suffered an injury. Having Foles as the backup will at least calm some fears of collapse if and when Carson Wentz ever misses time due to injury.
That said, Foles also has some baggage to his name. While Foles came out of nowhere in 2013, throwing 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions, he definitely regressed in 2014. Later traded to the then St. Louis Rams as a part of the Sam Bradford deal, Foles also struggled while playing with the team. Eventually landing in Kansas City, Foles proved to be a capable backup to starter Alex Smith.
The move for Foles will now allow the Eagles to release former backup Chase Daniels. In fact, one the move was announced by the Philadelphia Eagles, Daniels requested his release from the team. Giving the limited quarterback market out there, he should at least land on his feet at this point in free agency.
One of the other areas this move should benefit the team is in free agency next season. While cutting Daniels will only give the Eagles an additional million dollars this offseason, the added cap space should have a bigger effect next offseason. Should he have remained in Philly, Daniels deal would have cost the Eagles $8 million against the cap for the next two years.