For sale: one Super Bowl MVP quarterback, gently used, looking for a good home.
A little more than a year removed from leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their one (and only) Super Bowl title, and helping get them back in the playoffs this past season, former Arizona Wildcats standout Nick Foles is officially on the market.
The Eagles opted not to place the franchise tag on Foles, making him an unrestricted free agent when on March 13.
“After a lot of conversation, we think letting him become a free agent is the right thing to do,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “He’s a tremendous player, Super Bowl MVP, and someone we feel is a top-15 quarterback in this league. We were incredibly fortunate to have him and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Foles, 30, started seven games for Philly in 2018, opening the season as the starter while Carson Wentz recovered from a torn ACL and then stepping in again for an injured Wentz for the final three games of the regular season. Foles led the Eagles to wins in all three of those final games, throwing for a franchise-record 471 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 16, enabling them to sneak into the playoffs where they nipped the Chicago Bears in the NFC Wild Card game before losing to the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round.
In 2017, Foles also started the last three games of the season as well as the Eagles’ three playoff wins, earning Super Bowl LII honors for his 373-yard, three-touchdown performance in a 41-33 win over the New England Patriots.
Foles has a 30-20 record as a starter, including 4-2 in the postseason.
“He deserves an opportunity to lead a team,” Roseman said. “It’s a goal of his to lead another team and lead another locker room and we feel at this point it’s the right decision.”
Foles was originally drafted by the Eagles in the third round in 2012, starting 24 games over three seasons, before being traded to the then-St. Louis Rams in 2015. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, appearing in three games with one start, then the Eagles signed him to a two-year, $11 million deal before the 2017 season.
The career passing leader at Arizona, Foles threw for 10,011 yards and 67 touchdowns for the Wildcats from 2009-11.