You aren’t going to believe this one. Then again, you just might. What if we told you the Philadelphia Eagles actually entertained the option of adding franchise legend and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles to the roster for a third stint? We know! We know! There are still some of you who believe he should have never left in the first place.
On May 23rd, NFL circles learned that Foles had agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, but it appears there were a few whispers involving him possibly returning to the Eagles’ nest for a third stint.
Regardless of what side you rest on in the argument over whether that would have been a good idea or not (or the discussion about Philly’s decision to move on from Nick in favor of Carson Wentz), here’s the skinny.
According to a report by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Philly entertained a few interested parties who inquired about possibly entering into negotiations with the Eagles’ brass to execute a trade for Gardner Minshew. Foles’ name came up as a replacement for Gardner; however, in the end, the Birds elected to stick with the guys they have in their QB room currently: Minshew, QB1 Jalen Hurts, Reid Sinnett, and undrafted rookie Carson Strong.
Don’t take our word for it. Take a look for yourselves.
The Eagles elect against placing Jalen Hurts in a position in which he’s looking over his shoulder.
It’s been an intriguing career for Nick Foles. He’s officially a journeyman, having sandwiched one-and-done seasons with the Saint Louis Rams (2015) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2016) between two stints in Philadelphia (2012-2014 and 2017-2018).
Nick signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during 2019’s offseason after the Eagles had determined that they didn’t want Carson Wentz to feel the pressure of having to look over his shoulder. There’s a statue sitting outside of Lincoln Financial Field that celebrates the Philly Special for goodness sake. Still, that’s where the disagreements about how Eagles Nation feels about these two.
Some believe Carson should have sucked it up. Most understand that Philly wasn’t going to pay top dollar for two quarterbacks. Others still believe, as mentioned earlier, that the better choice would have been to let Wentz walk. You can understand why there’s debate though.
Why on Planet Earth would you part ways with the only quarterback to lead your team to a Super Bowl? In the end, the best decisions were made for everyone, even though most of those decisions didn’t work out in the end.
Sticking with Wentz was the obvious decision for Philadelphia, even though he never won a playoff game and left town like an angry child who, for lack of a better phrase, took his ball and went home.
Foles needed to be given the opportunity to go be the franchise quarterback somewhere else (even though things didn’t work out in Jacksonville or with the Chicago Bears), and he’s never been able to duplicate the success he saw in Philly.
Fast forward to the present, and Carson Wentz plays for the Washington Commanders now while Jalen Hurts enters his third season with the Eagles, his second full year as the starting quarterback. It has to be determined whether or not he’s the man going forward, and as was the case with Wentz, the organization owes it to him to not add the distraction of him having to look over his shoulder and see one of the most popular Eagles of the past ten years staring at him.
Then again, something tells us that Jalen would be able to handle the added pressure a lot better than Carson could. Say what you will, but no one can deny that he’s never run from a challenge. Carson, on the other hand, is a different story. He just doesn’t seem to have the mental toughness to thrive in an NFL where everything the franchise quarterback does is under the microscope.