At least for one night, Nick Foles would prefer not to think about what comes next in his career.
The Eagles backup QB, who once again stepped in for an injured Carson Wentz and gave Philadelphia fans something to believe in, very well may have played his final game in the City of Brotherly Love. But that wasn’t at the top of his mind after his pass to Alshon Jeffery went through the receiver’s fingers and into the arms of Marshon Lattimore, sealing a 20-14 victory for the Saints Sunday.
“I’m not really going to worry about it right now,” Foles told reporters in New Orleans. “I’ll do what I can to enjoy this ride back with my teammates and we’ll see what happens.”
Foles has a $20 million option for 2019 that the Eagles can pick up, although they may not be keen on spending that kind of money on a backup QB, even if he is a Super Bowl MVP. The Eagles still believe Wentz is their quarterback of the future. Foles can control his own destiny if he buys out that option and becomes a free agent.
Then, a QB-needy team like the Giants might be ready to pounce. Though he didn’t get back to the Super Bowl, Foles’ marketability after consecutive improbable playoff runs could, however, inflate his price too much for the Giants, who have not decided on a course of action with Eli Manning and also have the No. 6 pick in the draft.
Foles was reflective on his unconventional Eagles career after the loss.
“I think the big thing is what the city means to me,” Foles said.
“So we’ll see what happens, but I’ll tell you this. I’ve enjoyed every single moment and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. The city, the fans, the people, everything about it. There’s nothing like playing in the Linc.”
That sounds like a man who thinks he is moving on, but Foles wasn’t showing his hand. When asked if he expected to be a starter in the league, it seemed like the QB was about to say that he’d proven himself to be one before trailing off.
“Yeah, I mean, you know, I think I’ve … we’ll see what happens,” he said.