Former Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Nick Foles has returned to the Philadelphia Eagles on a two-year deal.
After receiving little initial interest, former Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Nick Foles is signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. This comes after the journeyman backup had been linked to the Buccaneers and Vikings originally. Foles becomes the first Chiefs free agent to sign with a different team in 2017.
There isn’t much to dissect here from the Chiefs point of view. When KC decided to decline the option on Nick Foles for the 2017 season, we knew there was no chance of a return. Instead, the Chiefs are most likely preparing to select a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft in April. So this move won’t really “move the needle” in Kansas City.
However, from the Eagles side of things, this is a curious decision. Philly had been shopping backup quarterback Chase Daniel as a trade option. However, nobody appeared to be biting. Nick Foles has obvious ties to the Eagles and GM Howie Roseman. Yet this still leaves the team being stuck with Chase Daniel, who they clearly don’t want. On top of that, Daniel’s contract makes it impractical to release him. It’s really just an odd move.
There won’t be any added benefit to the Chiefs for this. Because Nick Foles was released, he won’t count towards compensatory picks in 2018. Kansas City did open up some much needed cap space with his release, but that is the extent of any benefit to be found here. That and an open roster space for a draft pick.
The Kansas City Chiefs should be able to move on from Nick Foles pretty easily. Though Foles saw some playing time in 2016 when Alex Smith went down, it wasn’t the most impressive performance. I doubt you will find any Chiefs fans who are lamenting this loss to the roster.