Nick Foles' price could rise with strong season

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Earlier this week, ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton took a look around the league at a handful of quarterbacks who are due for contract extensions soon.

It's a list that includes plenty of big names, including Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Diego's Philip Rivers and the Giants' Eli Manning, among others. Also making an appearance on the list is the St. Louis Rams' Nick Foles.

Foles is in the last year of his rookie deal. The Rams have already made it clear that they'd like to sign Foles to an extension, even before he plays in a game for the team. For his part, Foles has said he's open to getting something done and doesn't have plans to "bet on" himself by playing out the season in hopes of driving up his price tag.

But just because there's mutual interest doesn't mean a deal will get done before the season. And it's fair to assume that part of the reason the Rams would like to do a deal now is that he could be something of a bargain before the year.

So if Foles does play out the season, Clayton points out that his number could rise because he's being put in a position to succeed. The Rams are unlikely to ask Foles to carry the offense and his primary focus will be on limiting turnovers and taking advantage of opportunities in the play action passing game.

Of course, a poor or injury-plagued season from Foles could also drop his price or even potentially cause the Rams to re-think whether he's the answer long term.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We opened the day with the news that the Rams will see Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell in Week 3 after his suspension was reduced to two games. ... The burning Rams questions series continued with a look at when running back Todd Gurley might return, whether the defense can meet enormous expectations and whether the team can finally get off to a fast start. ... In this week's video, I discussed the importance of Gurley starting training camp on the active roster.


Over at Grantland, Bill Barnwell offers his annual all bad contracts team.

From the overall great news department: Kansas City safety Eric Berry is back.

Chargers reporter Eric Williams provides a good look at the other running back taken in the top 15, Melvin Gordon and a few other key Chargers storylines.

At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker examines some reasons St. Louis should support a possible MLS team and how it could relate to the NFL staying.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas writes that Gurley impressed the Rams in his conditioning test.