Nick Foles: “I would love the opportunity to be a starter again”

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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles understands that when Carson Wentz comes back healthy, Wentz will be the starter again.

But Nick Foles is still human, so he can admit being a little torn.

“I know there was some stuff going around, a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again. I know my spot in Philly. I think I’ve shown what I can do.” Foles said during an interview with KVUE in Texas, via Philly.com. “I’m signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city. I’m excited for Carson [Wentz] to get back on his feet. I’ll be ready to go whenever they need me. But we’ll see.”

The Eagles acknowledged there had been calls about trading for the Super Bowl MVP, who will be a man without a starting job when Wentz returns from his knee injury. But because there’s at least some uncertainty about Wentz’s timeline, the Eagles said they intend for Foles to be on the roster at the start of the season.

There’s also the small matter of compensation, as the Eagles aren’t going to just give away a valuable commodity without a good return. But Foles said he has a good enough relationship with coach Doug Pederson and General Manager Howie Roseman that he’d expect to know if something was going on.

“I think the big thing with Philly is I have such a great relationship with all the personnel decision makers that if there ever does come a day where I am traded or something does happen, it’s going to be an open conversation,” Foles said. “We’re excited to go back to Philly. . . . I don’t know what my career holds from here on out.”

Foles is signed at a reasonable rate ($7 million in base salary and roster bonus), so the Eagles don’t mind keeping him around (especially considering what that money just bought them).

And with most of the chairs filled around the league (at least until next week’s draft), it’s likely that they’re willing to keep him. But if a late injury comes up, there’s still a possibility someone gets desperate and makes a Sam Bradford-like call, at which point they’d have to listen.

48 responses to “Nick Foles: “I would love the opportunity to be a starter again”

  1. Interestingly, some team will dump a 1st rounder on Baker Mayfield, who has Manziel-like bust written all over him, but will not give the Eagles a 1st for Foles, a Super Bowl MVP. Seems like a good trade for that team, but GMs are stupid when it comes to QBs.

  2. He’s not a malcontent…..he understands his situation…..he is affordable….he plays a position where a backup is undeniably preferred to have experience and a high skill set.

    He is not getting traded.

  3. No matter how badly the sports media wants it, there isn’t and won’t be a QB controversy in Philly. Good character players and strong leadership prevents these kinds of things.

  4. To me it’s a big mistake,not trading him, reportedly they have got a second rounder. Why have this distraction around ever time you loss a game? Not to mention, rewarding the player, who just won you the Super Bowl, by getting a big payday elsewhere.

  5. Foles deserves to be a starter and I would wager he will be a better QB then the majority of these QB prospects and all the QB free agents from this offseason. For people who can’t see this guy is a QB, I question their judgment on what a QB is.

  6. Philly would be fools to ship Foles! And don’t hold your breath on Wentz – according to a huge 2015 study (Dodgson et al, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Med. 2016) that looked at EVERY single ACL in the NFL from 2010-2013, a third never play again – and those that do see on average a 20% reduction in relative performance the rest of their career. For an interior lineman or pure pocket passer it’s not a big deal, but for a WR, DB (or mobile guy like Wentz) it’s huge.

    And yet Wentz didn’t just suffer any old ACL, it was a bad one PLUS an LCL. Dude’s chances of playing starter again are much worse and even if he does he will probably never be quite the same zippy scrambler, and might never be as successful again unless he can make up for it by becoming even better in the pocket.

  7. What’s he supposed to say? He’s a class act, role model and not only MVP of Super Bowl and Pro Bowl but of Life and how to carry oneself after competing. The QB on the other side should take notes instead of the high road after.

  8. There are a lot of good QB prospects in this draft, and teams are hoping that the one they choose will be capable of winning a super bowl. Those teams know that Nick Foles is capable of winning a super bowl, so I think it’s reasonable to assume there will be a draft day trade, unless there real concerns with Wentz’ recovery.

  9. The Iggles will end up paying Carlson Wince as if he won them a Superbowl… after that happens they’ll go down the same path as the Seahawks, Ravens, Saints…etc

    The truth is they won because of their team and depth…as evidenced by the FACT that Foles was undefeated in every game he started and finished…

    The Iggles have an opportunity to be the Patriots…A QB who can clearly play at a high level, they can win with him, and still put a team around him because he’s cheap…

    BUT NO….the smart thing to do here is change what works…let’s follow the Seahawks model for winning Superbowls instead of the Patriots…let’s be the idiots who benched a Superbowl MVP QB!!!
    #thatswhyitonlytook70yearstowinaSuperbowl

  10. It’s totally understandable for Foles to want another go at being a starter. Truth is I don’t think he is starting material. Yes, he won a Superbowl, and played well, but to me he is just another Case Keenum. He landed on a loaded team, did what was told, and took the calculated risks the coaching staff asked him to do. QB’s look good when they have a top offensive line in front of them, a good rushing attack and good receivers. If you watch back a lot of the big plays, they are just throws that he threw up there and the receivers won the jump ball. Those kind of throws won’t elevate a team that is struggling with talent. What if the Wentz injury happened earlier in the season? What if he had to “hold down the fort” the whole year like Case Keenum did? Filling in for 3-4 games when the top seed is pretty much a lock and filling in all year to earn a top seed are two different stories. He’s a stand up guy and I love his story, and I hope I’m wrong (Same with Case Keenum. I hope he does well in Denver to). At the end of the day he did exactly what a back up is supposed to do, and more. But I still think he is a backup. There’s a reason why he was beat out of the starting job of the Rams by Case Keenum. The Eagles are wise in holding on to him thou until they are certain Wentz is good to go.

  11. Que all the moron Philly fans saying the Bills should trade a 1st rounder for thos guy… sorry he’s a 3rd rounder AT BEST

  12. the Browns should have gotten him instead of drafting another hope that the Qb they get isnt a Bust… So far that hasnt worked out for them!!! Foles would fit nicely with the Parts they added this off season!!

  13. Foles deserves the right to start for someone. No question. This is kind of a great problem to have right now in Philadelphia so Wentz can return to form again though. Eventually, someone will need to ante up to get Foles and the Eagles will reap the benefits.

  14. Then work on a trade to Dallas where their present excuse for a QB will hold them back for years

  15. Would you rather dump your first rounder on Baker Mayfield (Johnny #2) or trade your first for Nick Foles? Foles is a far safer investment over the next 5 years.

  16. youknowimright……Luckiest ??? Bills fan here…Philly OUT COACHED BB…Two former NFL Qb’s Coaching Philly.Put Foles in Best Position and Used his best Attributes to win…BB WAS OUTSMARTED !!! OUT COACHED…..

  17. godeepwvu says:

    April 17, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Would you rather dump your first rounder on Baker Mayfield (Johnny #2) or trade your first for Nick Foles? Foles is a far safer investment over the next 5 years.

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    Only Eagles fans think this way. There is no guarantee with either approach. Foles might do terrible on another team. A lot of QB’s succeeding is situation. Foles was on a very good team. He has played on other teams has not succeeded. He is Case Keenum. Unless your a team higher in the draft that need a QB, your better off just holding on to your draft spot.

  18. Unless you’re blown away with an offer I see no reason to trade him. Worst case is he walks next year and you get likely a 3rd round comp pick. That’s not much different than the supposed 2nd they were already offered. 2017 already showed you why it’s so important to have a legit backup. I’m sure GB would have been a playoff team had they had someone who could actually throw behind Arod.

  19. Arizona Wildcat alums were wondering why he wasn’t drafted higher, especially when he had a terrific college career where his teams weren’t great, but he elevated the team around him with a gunslinger attitude. Then we were stunned again when Chip Kelly (and many Eagles fans) were quick to cut bait on him, despite 27 TDs and 2 picks.

    So when I saw he was the SB starting QB, and that Doug Pederson had outcoached most other teams in 2017, it was pretty easy to pick the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, which they did by clearly outcoaching Belichick.

  20. Buffalo – forget all of this talk about trading up….ship one of our 2nd and one of our 3rd round picks to Philly for Foles. That gives us Foles and AJ McCarron at QB with two 1st one 2nd and one 3rd round pick for the draft….

  21. ajzinnecker says:
    April 17, 2018 at 7:40 am
    It’s totally understandable for Foles to want another go at being a starter. Truth is I don’t think he is starting material. Yes, he won a Superbowl, and played well, but to me he is just another Case Keenum. He landed on a loaded team, did what was told, and took the calculated risks the coaching staff asked him to do

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    Loaded team? That was underdogs in every game, lol. Roethlisberger ever win a SB MVP? Make that argument for him. Eli in 2 superbowl victories against the Pats doesn’t equal Foles in 1. Foles is a legit starter and his numbers and record prove it. Lookem up before posting drivel. Please show me a lifetime backup with better

  22. jyosuckas says:
    April 17, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Que all the moron Philly fans saying the Bills should trade a 1st rounder for thos guy… sorry he’s a 3rd rounder AT BEST

    The Bills haven’t had a good QB for 40 years and the Superbowl champs are morons? PS thanks for 12 years Hall of Famer Jason Peters gave us after we traded a 1st with the Bills for him, he wasn’t even drafted.

  23. It’d be wise to watch Wentz play first and see where he is heading before shipping Foles out of Philly… that injury is no joke.

  24. He’s in the strangest position that a QB may have ever been in. H just won the SuperBowl for you… now he’s going to ride the pine. That has to be a strange feeling.

    Great year though for him. Congrats on the deserved SB win! [Pats Fan]

  25. Pats should give the champs a call and see what it would take to acquire him. Solves an immediate problem for the Pats as Brady will be done a lot sooner than later, and I believe there’s a decent chance he does not finish the season in NE.

    And unlike Brady, Foles has proven he can play a complete Super Bowl game at a high level from start to finish.

  26. Not an eagles fan here but am I missing something. Has wentz fully recovered from a knee injury that usually takes a year for a full recovery? Does this roster have so many holes to fill that they need the cap space? Unless foles turns into a malcontent, seems like the kid has class, he seems like a great insurance policy. Let’s say you can trade him for a first before the draft. What do they do if wentz isn’t ready til the third week or has a set back. This team is the target this year, you are going to get every opponents A game. As a packer fan, trust me, I wish we would have had a backup that could do what foles did.

  27. “To me it’s a big mistake,not trading him, reportedly they have got a second rounder. Why have this distraction around ever time you loss a game?”

    Because Wentz is not fully recovered yet and may well not be ready for the start of the season. The Eagles would be fools to trade Foles until they have Wentz back at 100%.

    Look at Andrew Luck. Indy swore up and down he’d be ready to start last season and he still can’t throw a football properly. Wentz may be rehabbing very well but until he’s out there at the very least in training camp the Eagles have not real guarantee he’ll be able to play at the start of the season.

  28. Until they know Wentz is back 100%, there is no reason to get an a hurry to trade Foles. If some team wants him bad enough make them pay a very high price.
    When/if Wentz comes back at 100%, then they can lower the asking price on Foles.

  29. Nick Foles is a starting NFL QB but as good as he is, Carson Wentz is better. So just because he doesn’t start for the Eagles doesn’t mean he won’t start for another team. I think he explained the situation exactly how it is and I know that fully 20 of the NFL’s 32 teams would upgrade their QB situation by starting Nick Foles. The Eagles just happen to be one of the 12 teams that have a QB better than Foles at starter.

  30. No…that would be the last 2 Patriot victories…

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    Youknowimright says:
    April 17, 2018 at 6:54 am
    Luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL.

  31. I don’t get why people think Foles is a fluke. He did it under Chip Kelly and now under Pederson, sure he failed under Jeff Fisher, who hasn’t? Foles is a good QB and if you use him right and give him talent to work with he will do his part. Sorry but for idiots who compare him to people Like Keenum, wake up. Think Keenun could have repeated that performance in the Superbowl? Foles has the ability to stand in the pocket and make perfect passes on the biggest state in sports without flinching, 99% of the QBs out there can’t do that. If you want to win this guy can help a team. Sure you rather have a superstar QB, but if you ask me I would take Foles over any of these QBs in this draft. Guy can play, it is up to the GM to build around him. Foles is good. His style is similar to Brady. I swear I think most people don’t give this guy credit because he looks like Napoleon Dynamite.

  32. Although the Philly defense struggled in SB, they got stops when needed and then the huge turnover late. Credit Pederson for allowing Schwartz to run his side of the ball. They worked well together.

  33. Youknowimright says:
    April 17, 2018 at 6:54 am
    Luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL.

    29 199 Rate This

    Peyton Manning averaged 12 net offensive points per Super Bowl and has 2 rings.

    Eli put the ball in Asante’s hands.

    I’d start with that family before I went to the QB who threw 3 TDs, caught 1, and led his team to 41 points as he out-dueled the GoaT.

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