Despite another stellar play-off showing from Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles will stick with Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback for next season.
The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to name Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback for next season despite another super play-off showing from Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
Foles stepped in for an injured Wentz last season and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory with a stellar performance in the win over the New England Patriots earning him the MVP award.
Lightning almost struck twice as Foles again had to come in for an injured Wentz this year, and led the flagging Eagles to three straight wins to get into the play-offs and then a tough away win at the Chicago Bears in the post-season.
The run, and Philadelphia's title defence, ended in New Orleans on Sunday despite a fast start by Foles, but the team say Wentz will remain their starter, casting Foles' future in huge doubt.
"Yes, Carson Wentz is the quarterback going forward," said head coach Doug Pederson.
"And in Nick's case, listen, we'd love to have everybody back throughout the roster, but as I've said many, many times, it's not about one guy, it's about the team, and we're going to do what's best for the team."
Foles set to be a free agent
30-year-old Foles is a free agent this summer and likely to move on, given the only way he could stay would be under an expensive franchise tag, and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman seems to be resigned to him leaving.
"We would love to keep Nick Foles," Roseman said. "You talk about a guy we drafted here and we've grown incredibly close with. I don't know a team that wouldn't want to have Nick Foles on their roster.
"Certainly as we go into the substance of those discussions, we haven't had them yet, but there's no question we love having Nick Foles as an Eagle in Philadelphia and we'd love to keep him."
30-year-old Foles could hardly have performed better, especially in the post-season games, but he now basically finds himself out of a job, as he wants to be a regular starter and the Eagles still believe Wentz is their main man.
"We have a lot of confidence in Carson and his ability to be our quarterback and to hopefully be a 19-game starter when we look at the season and what we're trying to do," Roseman said.
"That being said, quarterback's always going to be a priority position for us. We're always going to try and have talent at that position. We've got great quarterback teachers in this building.
"We're always going to be looking at that spot and trying to improve like any other spot that's important to our football team."
There will, however, be plenty of teams looking at Foles in the off-season and as a free agent he should be able to land a hefty deal as a Super Bowl MVP quarterback in free agency.
NFL Divisional Round results
- Indianapolis Colts 13-31 Kansas City Chiefs
- Dallas Cowboys 22-30 LA Rams
- LA Chargers 28-41 New England Patriots
- Philadelphia Eagles 14-20 New Orleans Saints
NFL Championship game schedule
Sunday January 20
- LA Rams @ New Orleans Saints - 2005 GMT
- New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs - 2340 GMT