This morning at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Howie Roseman didn’t mince words when he said, “We’ve decided to let Nick (Foles) become a free agent”.
With that the Eagles let everybody know that Nick Foles is available for the taking. I ultimately think he will wind up signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but there’s not a large market out there for Foles. The great thing about being a free agent is that you only have to be attractive to one team. I think Foles is a great fit with Jacksonville.
I also believe it was the right thing to do for the Birds. I surely don’t think it would have been a good decision to put the exclusive franchise tag on Foles and risk being forced to pay him $25 million dollars to the be the backup for Carson Wentz. There isn’t a team in the league that can afford to pay a back up player $25 million dollars. It would have been a foolish move by the Birds.
In addition, I think it was time for Nick to go elsewhere and lead his own team. Carson needs to be freed from having Nick and his “Super Bowl Shadow” hovering over him. That shadow will still be here to some degree until he leads the Birds to a Super Bowl title, but Foles not being here will give Wentz more room to breath.
I thought Pederson was very strong in his support of Carson and I had expected it. “I love everything about Carson Wentz”, Pederson said immediately when asked about where he stood with his franchise quarterback. You could see that Pederson wanted to take Wentz’ side on everything because he and the rest of the organization wanted to let Wentz know that HE IS THEIR GUY!!! They are building and have built this team around Carson. They want to let him know that “HE IS THE EAGLES FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK” in front of all the Birds fans and media.
I agree with Pederson 100% in his support of Wentz because there’s so such thing as a franchise quarterback, whom everybody on the team loves. The franchise quarterback isn’t on the team to get everybody to love him, he’s on the team to lead the team to the Super Bowl title. Wentz is very demanding of himself and his teammates. He wants to win every game and he prepares with tremendous effort and commitment. This is what you want out of your franchise quarterback. I think Wentz has the qualities to lead this team to a Super Bowl title.
I don’t think putting the non-exclusive franchise tag on Foles would have set well with the Super Bowl LII MVP because it would have made it more difficult for teams to sign him because they would know that they had to give up compensation for signing him. Now Foles has total freedom to work out a deal with another team and the Eagles will get a third round draft pick next year for losing him. restricting him from doing that in any way.