The Philadelphia Eagles ‘were involved in Nick Foles’ free agency’ before he eventually signed with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a report by NFL Insider Jeremy Fowler.
For one thing, The QB Factory never sleeps. The Birds never seek to occupy the most important position in any sport.
On the other hand, the Eagles don’t exactly need another quarterback right now. They currently have four under contract: Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Reid Sinnett and Carson Strong.
We previously talked about the possibility of a Foles reunion in Philadelphia after the Chicago Bears released him earlier this month. Here’s what we said back then:
But the Eagles could potentially look to trade Minshew to a team still looking for QB help (Seattle? Caroline? Detroit?). That could earn them a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Eagles could then sign Foles to replace Minshew as QB2.
Some might wonder if bringing Foles back would be the best move as the Eagles try to see if they can build around Hurts. We think Foles’ presence could be a distraction. But Hurts – unlike a certain former Eagles quarterback – seems well equipped to deal with any threat of potential competition.
The biggest obstacle to bringing Foles back to Philadelphia might not be on the Eagles side. Maybe it’s Foles who doesn’t want to come back. Remember this article from last year:
Nick Foles was given a chance to return to the team he won a Super Bowl with, and he apparently declined. According to NFL insider Tyler Dunne, the Chicago Bears were looking to move on from the veteran flagger after his not-too-impressive 2020 campaign — and the team had a particular trade partner in mind — but Foles didn’t want to return to the Philadelphia Eagles . “Bears tried to wash their hands of Nick Foles’ mistake by trading Foles for Philly. Foles didn’t want to go, source says, so Eagles refused to trade for QB who wouldn’t show up ,” Dunne reported on May 24.
Foles undoubtedly loved his time in Philadelphia. He will forever be a hero here. But he might want to leave his Eagles legacy as it is.
We have also set up a survey measuring the interest of a Foles return:
The majority won here. Foles is set to team up with Frank Reich again in Indy.
UPDATE: Fowler notes that the Eagles’ interest in Foles was tied to teams with an interest in Minshew. Logic.
One addition to that: As the Eagles got trade interest in Gardner Minshew, they discussed Nick Foles but ultimately decided to stick with their quarterback room, including Minshew and draft pick Carson Strong. https://t.co/UKSQ2K7Z6J
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 23, 2022