During a press conference, Howie Roseman confirmed that Nick Foles will not receive the franchise tag, and will become a free agent this March.
Howie Roseman on the decision, per Jeremy Bergman of Around the NFL:
“It’s hard when you have someone who’s incredibly available to your organization at the most important position in sports. And at the same time, we’ve had incredible success with him when he’s had to play. Four playoff wins over the last two years. Great teammate. Huge resource for Carson [Wentz] and Nate Sudfeld, as well.
But at the same time, he deserves an opportunity to lead a team. It’s a goal of his to lead another team and lead another locker room.“Howie Roseman, per Jeremy Bergman
Doug Pederson also chimed in, per Bergman:
“Nick and I got a lot of history together. All the way back to when we drafted him when I was on coach [Andy] Reid’s staff here in Philly. We had conversations obviously at the end of the season and he knew where I stood and how I felt about him. But at the same time he was a tremendous, obviously, a huge part of our success these last two years. But again, a lot like Carson’s case, he was one piece of the puzzle. It’s an opportunity now as Howie mentioned to become a starter in this league. And he’s very capable of doing that. I’m excited for his future.“Doug Pederson, per Jeremy Bergman
Nick Foles will be a legend in Philadelphia forever. It wouldn’t be super shocking if the Eagles retired his number, as he delivered their first Super Bowl and had his 27-2 season.
Nick Foles, thank you for everything.
We at Underdog expect Foles to sign with the Jaguars after they shed some cap space. The Dolphins could also be a possible suitor, assuming that Foles tries to stay out of the NFC East.
Some teams could also sign Foles to be a (very expensive) backup, sort of like what the Eagles did two years ago. This makes significantly less sense now than it did then, but with the lack of seriously QB-needy teams (with lots of $) at the moment, maybe he could be signed to be, say, Josh Rosen’s backup.
He could also inherit Tom Brady’s place in New England. Also probably not going to happen, but it’s a thought. That’d be a twist.
In the end, we expect to see Foles in Jacksonville this fall.
We only wish him the best of luck with the rest of his career.