The Argument For Keeping Nick Foles
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
From the moment that Super Bowl LII ended, the debate began. What should the Eagles do with Nick Foles?
The options are clear; keep him as the best back-up QB in the league or trade him while his value is at an all-time high.
Though trading Foles is tempting, I land on the side of keeping Foles. The Eagles have him under contract for one more year and I’d argue that his short-term value as a back-up outweighs what the Eagles would get in a trade.
The Eagles would need (at a minimum) at least a first-round draft pick for Foles. I realize that a first round pick could result in a player that might contribute to the Eagles for the next decade, but no draft pick is a sure thing (aside from Saquon Barkley…that dude is the real deal).
What needs to be considered is that the Eagles have the pieces in place to seriously contend for another Super Bowl in 2018. The majority of the team remains intact, and critical players like Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks will be back next year.
It’s incredibly hard to repeat as Super Bowl champs, so the Eagles need to take this opportunity seriously. Though we all want Carson Wentz to be ready by week one, we don’t know if that's a realistic timetable. Furthermore, we don’t know how Wentz’s knee will hold up throughout the season.
Foles has proven that he can take the reins, if need be. If he needs to start the first few games until Wentz is ready, or step in if Wentz goes down again, the Eagles won’t regret keeping him around.
Additionally, we saw this past season how important home field advantage is during the playoffs. The Eagles can’t afford to lose any early games with Nate Sudfeld at the helm if Wentz isn’t ready week one (and yes, I know, the coaches love Sudfeld and he looked good in the meaningless week 17 game vs. Dallas).
Sidebar: Some hot-take “media” members say the Eagles should be nervous about keeping Foles in case he starts the first few games and does well, believing this would start a quarterback controversy. This take is a joke. Carson Wentz is the franchise QB. Doug Pederson knows that (so does Nick Foles) and I don’t see any scenario where this would be an issue.
I hope that the Eagles keep Foles on the off-chance that the team will need his services next year. It’s an awful thing to think about, but if Wentz gets hurt next season and we don’t have a quality back-up, we will all be thinking: why didn’t we keep Nick Foles?
At the end of the day, I know that the Eagles will (and should) listen to all trade offers, but the security of having the Super Bowl MVP as your back-up QB is something that should not be taken lightly.
Regardless of what direction the Eagles go in, this is a tough decision that could have a major impact on the 2018 season.
In Howie we trust.