While everybody is talking about Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, what should the Philadelphia Eagles do about Nate Sudfeld?
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to be turning a new page for the 2019 NFL season. This year won’t exactly be a re-build for the team, but the offseason is very crucial. There are quite a few of key players that will hit free agency when the league new year begins, and the Eagles do not have the funds to bring many players back. While everybody remains focused on positions such as running back, cornerback, etc, the Eagles still need to figure out what they are going to do at the quarterback position looking ahead to the future.
First off, Carson Wentz is going to start in 2019. As much as fans and analysts want to debate whether that’s the right decision or not, the team has made up their minds. Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman have confirmed it, so let’s just acknowledge that fact and get it out of the way. Now, let’s dig deeper into the position as best as we can.
As we all know, Nick Foles is set to take on the free agency market when the new league year opens up if the Eagles do not pick up his option, or franchise tag him. Even if they do decide to cough up the $20 to $25 million for Foles, it will most likely only be temporary as the word around the league is that the Eagles would like to shop Foles around.
Considering that he’s rumored to have a high demand in the market for quarterback-needy teams, the Eagles may want to take a gamble on retaining Foles in order to get something in return for him during the offseason. All in all, we can assume that Foles will most likely not be in an Eagles uniform for 2019. It’s unfortunate considering he was a great insurance policy, but the price for his part-time services are no longer in the budget.
Who will be the Eagles backup in 2019?
While everybody talks about Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, most are forgetting about the Eagles third-string quarterback, Nate Sudfeld. Along with Foles, Sudfeld is set to become a free agent in a couple of months as well. While Sudfeld isn’t rumored to have a large market, there could be some teams that could be interested in Sudfeld for more reasons other than him just being a backup.
If Sudfeld comes back to Philly, he automatically knows his role will be backing up Carson Wentz. While there’s not much of a chance that the young veteran gets a starting opportunity elsewhere, a team could bring in Sudfeld in hopes of developing him into a future starter. So far, there isn’t much buzz around Sudfeld, but the Eagles have talked him up a lot in the past two years, and teams could start to take notice to that and quickly become intrigued.
According to Eagles Insider, Dave Spadaro, the Eagles could be in the market for drafting a quarterback this year. Apparently, they won’t be taking any passers in the early rounds, but we shouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles snag a quarterback later on in the draft weekend. If that’s the case, the Eagles will need to do a lot of hoping for Carson Wentz to stay healthy. Because if he gets injured with a late-round quarterback backing him up, the Eagles could be in a world of hurt. That’s why retaining Nate Sudfeld should absolutely be a priority for the Birds in 2019.