Was there ever any doubt about this one? Perhaps the top name on this list should have never belonged to a man that fell into the free-agent category. Nick Foles has taken snaps in an Eagles jersey under the tutelage of Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, and Doug Pederson.
Andy Reid’s regime drafted him. Chip Kelly, perhaps a spy sent to ruin the “Birds” from the inside, shipped him off after a two-year stretch where Foles racked up a 14-4 win-loss total and threw 40 touchdowns versus ten picks (and Kelly landed Sam Bradford of all people, in the process).
Two seasons in Saint Louis and K.C. led to the free agency pool. Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman brought “9” home, and that’s where the true legend of “Saint Nick” begins. Foles’s second run in Philadelphia was even better than his first. Twice, he stepped in for an injured Carson Wentz. Twice, Philly made the playoffs, where Foles racked up a 4-1 playoff record in two seasons. The 2017-2018 season ended with Philly hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
You can make an argument that, based on those facts, Nick Foles is the greatest quarterback in team history.
There’s a statue outside of Lincoln Financial Field bearing his likeness. There’s a generation of fans that will love him forever. Maybe things happened exactly as they should have. Maybe, for things to work out as they should, Foles had to leave and return. Hey, they probably don’t draft Carson Wentz if he was here the entire time.
Regardless of what side you’re on with that, there’s one thing about Nick Foles’ story that can’t be taken away. There’s only one man who has ever lived that can say that he’s the first quarterback in Eagles history to deliver the Super Bowl to the greatest fans on Planet Earth and win that game’s MVP trophy in the process. He’s both the greatest free-agent signing and one of the best draft pick in team history.