Nick Foles' ill-timed chest injury may have cost him $1 million

Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesPhiladelphia quarterback Nick Foles had a $US1 million incentive that was contingent on his playing through the final two drives of Sunday’s contest.
  • Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles headed to the locker room early Sunday afternoon after sustaining a chest injury during the Eagles’ first drive of the fourth quarter.
  • With a playoff game against the Chicago Bears looming and starting quarterback Carson Wentz likely out for the remainder of the season with a fractured back, the Eagles opted to send third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the game and kept Foles sidelined for the rest of the contest.
  • Foles had a $US1 million incentive in his recently renegotiated contract if Philadelphia reached the postseason and he took 33% of the team’s snaps on the season.
  • Thanks to the last-minute injury, Foles came up four snaps – or 1% – short of the 33% benchmark.

Nick Foles did everything right against the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon, but he still came up $US1 million short.

The backup quarterback who famously led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory last season secured Philadelphia’s spot in this year’s playoffs thanks to a 24-0 win over the Redskins, but he headed to the locker room early after sustaining a chest injury during the Eagles’ first drive of the fourth quarter.

Still, with a playoff game against the Chicago Bears looming and starting quarterback Carson Wentz likely out for the remainder of the season with a fractured back, the Eagles opted to send third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the game on the following drive and kept him under center for the remainder of the contest.

Foles, meanwhile, had a $US1 million incentive in his recently renegotiated contract that was contingent on his playing through the final two drives of the game:

As NFL Insider for ESPN Adam Schefter pointed out on Twitter, Foles played 32% of Philadelphia’s snaps on the season, putting him a gruelling 1% short of the necessary mark.

It’s worth noting that the Eagles could still decide to give Foles the bonus despite his four snap deficit. New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia came two innings short of a $US500,000 bonus when he intentionally hit a batter and got ejected from his final game of this past season. The team still decided to award the $US500,000 prize to Sabathia come December.


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Assuming he overcomes the rib injury that sent him to the locker room Sunday, Foles has plenty more incentives to fulfil heading into the playoffs. The 29-year-old can earn $US500,000 for taking 50% of the snaps in a playoff game, and that incentive bumps up to $US1 million if Philadelphia comes away with a win.

Foles will look to recover quickly for the sake of both Eagles fans everywhere and his wallet.

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