Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles proved himself last season when, after taking over for an injured Carson Wentz, not only led his troops to the playoffs but, surprisingly, guided Philly to a Super Bowl victory. For that reason, Eagle faithful are optimistic about the team’s chances once again in this year’s postseason, hoping that history can repeat itself.
Problem is, Nick Foles suffered some bruised ribs in the regular season finale yesterday against the Washington Redskins, leaving third-stringer Nate Sudfield to come in and seal the victory for Philly, which, subsequently, punched their ticket to the NFL playoffs. While Foles should be fine for next weekend’s Wild Card game against the Chicago Bears, one thing that might be hurting this morning is Foles’ bank account.
Sure, the dude has already earned millions in his career, but with those bruised ribs sending him to the sideline yesterday, Nick Foles missed out on an incentive in his contract that would’ve paid him $1 million. That’s according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who tweeted the details yesterday.
All I have in common with Nick Foles is a rocket arm and the same first name, but, sh*t, I’m even pissed that the quarterback fell shy of this mark. I mean, damn, one lousy percent away from a cool million bucks? Talk about some bad luck.
This is kind of like that CC Sabathia clause during the MLB season that saw the hefty pitcher fall a few innings short of a $500,000 payout for performances because he was ejected in his final start of the regular season. The Yankees did the right thing and offered Sabathia a chance to take the money, but, hilariously, he turned them down. Maybe the Eagles will offer Nick Foles something similar — though it’s doubtful because of salary cap restrictions, I’m sure.
A couple weeks ago I wrote about how Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers lost out on a ton of money after being snubbed for a Pro Bowl spot, so these types of unlucky breaks are common in the NFL and other sports. Still, Nick Foles has to be totally pissed that a matter of a couple of plays didn’t lead to a nice little holiday bonus.