Eagles Analyst: Nick Foles Will Be Released

Nick Foles has won four straight playoff games, but his Eagles era will soon come to an end

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
January 07, 2019 - 8:47 am

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Nick Foles is doing it again.

One year after leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, he led Philadelphia to a 16-15 win over the Bears in Chicago on Sunday, finding Golden Tate for the game-winning 2-yard touchdown with 56 seconds to play.

Foles, who finished 25-of-40 for 266 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, has led the Eagles to four straight wins.

“They just all believe in Nick,” Eagles insider Dave Spadaro said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They rally around Nick, and he doesn’t let stuff bother him. He doesn’t get fazed. Those two interceptions didn’t change his aggressiveness. They still threw the football. They still challenged the Bears defense. Everybody believes in Nick Foles, and it’s hard not to when you consider his body of work this year and certainly last year in the postseason for the Eagles.”

The Eagles will play the Saints in New Orleans this Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET. After that, nobody knows, but the 2012 third-round pick – who played for the Rams in 2015 and the Chiefs in 2016 – has endeared himself to Eagles fans and teammates.

“It’s really been an up-and-down-and-up-again career for Nick Foles, and he’s appreciative of it,” Spadaro said. “He’s humbled by it, and I think everybody responds to Nick Foles in a very positive way. He’s the guy at the quarterback position, but he knows he’s only as good as those around him – and the Eagles have played very, very well around him.”

Yet, this will almost certainly be his final postseason in Philly. Foles, who turns 30 later this month, is slated to make $20 million next season.

“There’s no way Nick Foles is going to be a backup quarterback here for $20 million,” Spadaro said. “The Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz. I believe that Nick Foles will be released at the end of the season unless there’s some sort of dramatic turnaround and they come to a contract agreement. But let’s make it very clear, the Eagles have said this all along: Carson Wentz is the future at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Wentz, 26, has thrown 70 touchdown passes to 28 interceptions in 40 career games but has suffered season-ending injuries each of the last two years.

“I just think it would be really tough for Carson to maximize his ability if Nick Foles is still there kind of – not looking over his shoulder, but every time he has a bad game, Eagles fans are going to be calling for Nick Foles,” Spadaro said. “As unusual as it sounds, you’ve got this very talented quarterback, Nick Foles, who has been so productive, and yet the Eagles really view him as a backup quarterback – and I think that’s the way it’s going to play out. He’ll be released, he’ll go somewhere else and be a starting quarterback, and Carson Wentz will be the guy in Philadelphia moving forward.”