If Nick Foles performs anywhere near as productively as he did during his breakout season in 2013, he could become a very, very rich man.
Quarterback salaries are booming, with Andy Dalton's six-year deal in excess of $95 million just the latest gigantic contract for a young signal caller showing what the market will pay for a good arm. A franchise quarterback is more valuable an asset than ever in the National Football League.
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Earlier this offseason, Colin Kaepernick inked an extension with the 49ers that could pay him$125 million.
Foles is eligible to sign a contract extension after this season. Could he break the bank too?
“Like we were talking about earlier, I'm really happy for Andy, I think he's a great quarterback and well-deserved,” Foles said. “But I don't worry about it. When I’m on the field, that doesn't matter. My job is to do what I can to help us be a successful football team, so at the end of the day we'll see what happens.”
Foles was a third-round pick in 2012 and is due just $635,000 this season (including base salary and a workout bonus). If he doesn't sign a new deal with the Birds he is due only $680,000 next season.
The impending Foles extension will have an impact on the entire club, giving the Eagles less maneuverability to resign their other young stars and to be active in free agency in the future. The offense is packed with talented skill players this year and it could be Foles' best shot at becoming an elite NFL quarterback.
But none of that matters right now, as Foles looks ahead toward Friday's first preseason game against the Bears.
“It's a blessing to play this game. I'm never worried about that,” he said. “I always know that if you just take care of business and take care of business each and every other day the rest will take care of itself and you'll be taken care of.