As Super Bowl Sunday fast approaches, quarterback Nick Foles is about the enter the game of his life. Of course The Philadelphia Eagles are more than happy to have him in place but the team’s owner, Jeffrey Lurie, had to put his hand deep in to his pocket before Foles became a regular again on the roster.
According to reports, Lurie was apparently more than grateful to have Foles on the squad as the backup quarterback, and really didn’t mind the $12 million price tag it cost for him to sign him up.
For Foles to come back, $7 million of that 12 was in guaranteed money to the quarterback, and with Foles back in the fold, the team had to release Chase Daniel, this happened even with Daniel still being owed $5million on his contract.
Lurie said: “Our priority, as you’ve seen, is to make sure we have the very best possible other starting quarterback,” adding: “I won’t even call [Foles] a backup, because we had him evaluated as a very strong quarterback. He’s been 18-5 for us over the last 23 games when Nick has started a game and finished. His quarterback rating in the postseason — he’s a big-time, big-game player. That’s Nick.
He went on to say: “And we utilized about $12 million to have a second quarterback. And it may have seemed irrational, but I remember the phone call when it was [executive vice president of football operations] Howie [Roseman] and I talking, and we said, ‘We have an opportunity to do this. Do you have any reservations of using this $12 million this way versus other positions?’ And we both agreed this was absolutely the right thing to do. We never knew it would come to this, but we knew that Nick could win big games for us.”
So as Sunday’s countdown clock is ticking away, the Eagle surely need to pinch themselves once in a while to make sure this is all for real. That being said, without Lurie making the decision to offload $12 million, of his and his team’s capitol, the Eagles may never have been in the position they’re in.