The Philadelphia Eagles have announced the signing of quarterback Nick Foles, who was picked by the team in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. According to a report by ProFootballTalk.com, the contract signed by Foles is the standard four-year deal for rookies.
Foles, who was selected by the Eagles with the 88th overall pick, began his career with Michigan State but transferred after failing to beat out current Washington Redskins rookie Kirk Cousins for the job, prompting him to transfer to the University of Arizona, where he started from 2009-2011.
Foles had a very productive career with the Wildcats, completing 66.9 percent of his passes as he threw for 10,068 yards, 67 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in three seasons as a starter. Foles had a decorated career and is now the all-time leader in Pac-12 history in pass completions with 933, he is also fourth all-time in pass attempts, second in completion percentage, sixth in passing yards, ninth in touchdown passes and ninth in passer efficiency.
Foles will compete right away to be the backup quarterback to current Eagles starter Michael Vick and will compete with former fourth-round selection from Northwestern Mike Kafka, who the Eagles selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Former Bills starter Trent Edwards and rookie free agent Jacory Harris out of Miami are also on the roster.
Foles is a big, strong, talented quarterback, who is blessed with tons of natural ability, he just needs time to mature and develop. At one point, he was viewed as a first-round pick before injuries and poor play caused his stock to fall slightly. However, Foles could not have fallen into a better situation as he gets to learn from Eagles head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who are among the best in the league at developing young quarterbacks.