One of the arguments I have seen against giving Foles the Franchise Tag is that if he walks we would end up with a 3rd round pick anyway. My question is, since Foles has only been a part time player the last 2 years is that really correct? Yes, I know he has obviously been successful, but he hasnt put up "counting" numbers, just quality games. I wonder how the equation treats that, my guess is that the counting numbers are more important. Now it could be that Super Bowl MVP is in the equation, in which case obviously he gets a big lift.
Giving Foles the Franchise Tag is a huge risk. We could get stuck with him at $25M, which would be a complete and utter disaster. I wonder if the Eagles dont try to make some kind of back handed deal with Foles not to sign the Tag until a trade is virtually certain, but what would Foles' get out of it?
We are in a weird spot. If the team knew they were getting a 3rd round pick for letting him walk then honestly that might be the best choice, but I suspect that it isnt clear, or even likely, that is the compensation.