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Eagles playing keep away from Giants with Nick Foles?

That’s the claim in a newly-published report

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ “biggest consideration” in their dealings with potential free-agent-to-be quarterback Nick Foles this offseason is keeping him away from the New York Giants, per a report from long-time NFL writer Jason Cole.

Recent reports have had the Eagles picking up Foles’ $20 million option for 2019, then Foles announcing that he would use his $2 million buyout to escape that contract. All of that would lead to the Eagles needing to apply the $25 million franchise tag to keep Foles out of free agency, then trying to trade him.

All of these hoops, per Cole, are because the Eagles “believe there’s a strong chance the Giants will part ways with Manning and attempt to sign Foles if Foles hits the market.”

Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton said “I don’t think the Eagles place the tag on Foles unless they 100 percent know they can trade him.”

Gowton isn’t buying the idea that the Eagles are trying to play keep away from the Giants with Foles.

“I don’t think they care enough to put the tag on him simply to prevent him from going there,” Gowton told Big Blue View.

From the Giants perspective, this might be much ado about nothing. Recent reporting from Paul Schwartz of the New York Post indicates that the Giants intend to bring Manning back in 2019 and look in the draft for a potential successor.

If that turns out to be case, then Foles to the Giants isn’t happening even if he does reach the free agent market.