Pederson Preaches “Open Communication” with Nick Foles
(973espn.com) - The Eagles have a difficult decision to make with Nick Foles and coach Doug Pederson insists that the Super Bowl MVP will be in on the discussion.
What hasn't changed is the fact that the Eagles are Carson Wentz's team moving forward whenever the now third-year pro is cleared from the knee injury that cut short his brilliant 2017 campaign during the Week 14 contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
Foles, of course, grabbed the baton from there and led Philadelphia to the franchise's first Super Bowl title earlier this month.
Because of that Foles' value may never be higher and the Eagles have to at least listen when it comes to potential trade scenarios especially considering the team doesn't have either a second- or third-round pick in April.
"You gotta have that conversation," Pederson admitted when asked about a potential trade Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The Eagles, however, will be keeping Foles updated on any potential movement.
"I'm a big believer you just don't blindside a player like that if that happens," Pederson said. "I think you gotta have that open communication with him. And we'll see, we'll see where it goes. Howie [Roseman] just mentioned we'd love to have everybody back. But we know the nature of the business."
The emotion of trading the quarterback that led the franchise to its first Lombardi Trophy is the bigger hurdle than the actual football decision which will come down to the value of any package coming back to Philadelphia.
"We're trying to keep as many good players as possible," Roseman explained. "You're talking about a Super Bowl MVP. He's has been unbelievably successful. That room is exactly what we're looking for. We have a franchise quarterback [in Wentz], we have a Super Bowl MVP and we have a young quarterback [Nate Sudfeld] that we're excited about as well."
For now, the Eagles are weighing whether to sell high with Foles or keep him around as insurance while Wentz continues his rehab from ACL and LCL repairs.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen