Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles saw their hopes of winning a second consecutive Super Bowl title go through the hands of Alshon Jeffery in a 20-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round.
It was the end of another impressive run for Foles and the Eagles, who had to win three in a row just to make the playoffs before upsetting the Bears on the road and nearly upsetting the top-seeded Saints just two months after an embarrassing 48-7 defeat at their hands in the regular season. However, conventional wisdom says this might be the end of Foles' time in Philadelphia despite his success.
The Eagles still seem pretty set on Carson Wentz as their quarterback of the future despite injury issues the last two seasons. So with Foles set to see his cap hit jump to $20 million due to the structure of his contract, the Eagles have a decision to make on the Super Bowl 52 MVP this offseason.
If they choose to keep him, they'd have over $28 million in cap space tied into the position and both Foles and Wentz would be due an extension soon. However, if they can either trade Foles for an asset or let him go, they'd have money to reinvest into the team surrounding Wentz next season.
Want to cash in huge on the 2019 NFL postseason? Join SportsLine now to get picks for every single game from a proven computer model and Vegas experts, plus daily and season-long Fantasy advice and projections.
That makes it seem likely that Foles won't be back in 2019. But if he isn't playing in Philadelphia, where will he be playing? There's an obvious market for his services given how he played down the stretch the last two seasons.
Online sportsbook BetDSI has released odds as to which team Foles plays for next year:
Nick Foles team in Week 1 of 2019 regular season
Miami Dolphins +200
Washington Redskins +250
Jacksonville Jaguars +350
Denver Broncos +400
Philadelphia Eagles +600
New York Giants +1000
Oakland Raiders +1500
Carolina Panthers +2000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2000
The Miami Dolphins are listed as the favorites here at +200, which makes sense given the mediocre production they've gotten out of Ryan Tannehill and the uncertainty that seems to swirl constantly about his health. Tannehill makes nearly $52 million against the salary cap the next two seasons as his deal escalates, but only $13 million more of that money is guaranteed.
If the Dolphins release Tannehill, Foles would be an intriguing stopgap solution at the position while they search for their quarterback of the future. But it really comes down to whether or not Miami is ready to pull the plug on Tannehill.
One of the more interesting plays on this prop bet is actually the Eagles at +600. For all the reasons we already outlined, it looks like the Eagles will part ways with Foles or that Foles would part ways with them to pursue an opportunity to start.
However, that could all change very quickly based on one simple factor. If we flash forward six weeks or so and Wentz has suffered some sort of setback in his recovery from a back injury, one more year of Foles very suddenly makes plenty of sense.
The Broncos could also be a factor here. They have a similar situation to the Dolphins with Case Keenum as their starter. He's due $21 million against the cap next year, but Denver can save $11 million by granting him his release and that would clear a path for Foles.
Like with Tannehill, it's really just a matter of deciding if Foles is a big enough upgrade over the current starter to justify whatever it costs to get him and keep him either on the open market or via trade.