Foles’ four-year contract with Eagles puts him one step toward NFL careerby Javier Morales on May. 22, 2012, under Sports
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In the NFL, especially when a prospect is drafted in the third round, nothing is guaranteed.
News broke Monday that the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles, a third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, on a four-year deal. It is one more step for Foles toward an NFL career, but he still must beat Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards for one of the two backup positions behind starter Michael Vick.
Foles, the highest drafted Arizona quarterback since 1962 (Eddie Wilson), likely signed a contract close to $2.1 million (the league’s base minimum for a third-round draft choice). The Eagles did not disclose the terms with Foles, the 88th pick overall.
The average signing bonus for a third-round selection in past years has been about $550,000.
Foles finished his collegiate career as the Wildcats’ all-time leading passer in yards (10,011), touchdowns (67), attempts (1,369) and completions (933). Foles also shattered Wildcat single-season records in attempts (560), completions (387) and yards (4,334) while adding 28 touchdowns as a senior in 2011. He was named the team’s Offensive co-MVP as a junior in 2010, throwing for 3,191 yards and 20 touchdowns.