Benson Mayowa visiting the Colts
The Cardinals addressed needs at quarterback and on the offensive line, but after John Brown and Jaron Brown signed with Baltimore and Seattle, respectively, the Cardinals are thin on receivers behind Larry Fitzgerald. The only other receivers who saw somewhat regular action last season still on the roster are J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams. Arizona, while having been active in free agency, should still have enough cap room to find another receiver or two, perhaps one who can be a No. 2 or the heir apparent to Fitzgerald. — Josh Weinfuss
By not trading Foles before the date on which the roster bonus became due, the Eagles will pay the money — thereby reducing by $3 million his total compensation package for 2018. His salary, per NFLPA records, remains at $4 million. (It’s possible his playoff performance unlocked a $500,000 salary escalator.)
The fact that the Eagles will pay the bonus to Foles doesn’t automatically take him off the trade market. However, it could make the Eagles want a little bit more in exchange for Foles, given that they’ve already paid him $3 million.
Foles would surely want a new deal, if he’s eventually traded to a new team. Given the rash of free-agent quarterback signings in recent days (and the lack of obvious starting quarterback openings), there’s currently no obvious seat for Foles. Which means that the Eagles may have to wait for another Bridgewater-style stroke of bad luck for another team — and good luck for the Eagles — in order to flip Foles for picks like they did two years ago, when trading Sam Bradford after paying him an $11 million signing bonus on a two-year deal.
Given last year’s injury to Carson Wentz, the best move for the Eagles could be to keep Foles. But Foles, who played a key role in delivering the city its first ever Super Bowl championship, could be interested in getting a chance to start elsewhere now.
The next order of business is developing a comfort level with the man not known as McHomes.
Comfort level is extremely high, Reid said. Does that mean I am not going to grind on him? It is all roses right now. That he isn’t going to hit a rough spot here or there during the season? Well, it happens. It happens to every quarterback in the National Football League. But he is wired the right way, I know that. Now he just has to go do it. Everything else is speculation to this point. We feel like we have narrowed that down a little bit to where we are comfortable with it. Now it is just a matter of us doing a good job coaching and him, doing a good job playing and the guys around him doing their thing and we roll.
Assisting the comfort level is the fact that Mahomes started the last game of the 2017 regular season.
I had the honor of working with Patrick this past season, in particular, in a closer relationship for the Denver game, Reid said. Almost like a dress rehearsal not knowing that we were going to make this move with Alex [Smith]. Definitely knew that Matt Nagy was probably going to be out the door as a coach.