A look at the legacy Nick Foles leaves behind
Nick Foles will become official property of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday.
The announcement that the quarterback has signed a four-year contract for $88 million, with $50 million guaranteed and the possibility of making up to $102 million with incentives, should come sometime after the clock strikes 4 p.m., which is when the NFL’s league year begins.
With the new beginnings come an end to chapter two in Foles’ Philly Story, and what an epic tale it was.
He arrived in the final draft overseen by Andy Reid, as a third-round draft pick in 2012. Current head coach Doug Pederson, then Reid’s quarterbacks coach, was one of the few NFL assistants to go see Foles work out in person.
“Nick and I have a lot of history together,” Pederson told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. “We had conversations obviously at the end of the (2018) season, and he knew where I stood and how I felt about him, but at the same time, he was tremendous, obviously a huge part of our success the last two years.
“It’s an opportunity now to become a starter in this league and he’s very capable of doing that. I’m excited for his future.”
As for his pasts, chapter one of Foles’ Philly Story begins in the 2013 season, in which he threw for 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in the regular season. He took the Eagles to the playoffs that season and had the Birds in front with less than five minutes to play against the New Orleans Saints. But the defense surrendered that lead in a 26-24 loss. Foles threw two more TDs in that game to give him 29 that year.
He threw seven of those touchdown passes against the Oakland Raiders, which tied an NFL record for the most in one game.
Chapter one, though, pales in comparison to chapter two, when Foles did what no other Eagles quarterback was ever able to do – win a Super Bowl and earn the game’s most valuable player award. He became the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in the history of the Super Bowl, too, in a play that will live forever in the hearts and mind of Eagles fans.
I’m talking, of course, about the Philly Special.
No question, Foles had two very special chapters in team history.
“We’ve been so fortunate over the last couple years to have two top 15 quarterbacks in Carson (Wentz) and Nick,” executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told reporters at the Combine. “It’s hard when you have someone who is incredibly valuable to your organization at the most important position in sports and at the same time we’ve had incredible success with him when he’s had to play.
“Four playoff wins over the last two years, great teammate, a huge resource for Carson and Nate Sudfeld as well. At the same time he deserves an opportunity to lead a team.”
Foles is leaving on his terms, unlike the last time he left town. That was when Chip Kelly traded him to the then St. Louis Rams for Sam Bradford in 2014.
It didn’t work out with the Rams. Who knows, it may not work out with the Jaguars. If not, maybe there is a chapter three to the Foles Philly Story.
There is still time for that to happen. He just turned 30, and he considers Philly home.
“I love this city,” he said after the season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs. “I’ve enjoyed every moment.”