Nick Foles is outta here. The Eagles announced Wednesday that they’re declining to put the franchise tag on the Super Bowl LII MVP, which means he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
“He deserves an opportunity to lead a team,” said VP of football operations Howie Roseman about the quarterback, who put in selfless performances two seasons in a row filling in for an injured Carson Wentz.
Which locker room will St. Nick end up directing? The NY Giants are reportedly very interested — that’d make for some interesting rivalry on the Jersey side of the river — but so are Jaguars, Dolphins and Raiders.
Wherever he ends up, it’ll be hard for Foles to top his time here.
This is a man who not only led the Eagles to their first ever Lombardi Trophy, he’s a man whose (ahem) physical endowment became legendary, whose attitude inspired ballads, whose teammates erected a candle-lit shrine to him in the locker room, whose thoughts after this season’s run ended were all about his young daughter…and some pizza.
He’s commemorated in a statue at the Linc, depicting his famous “You want Philly Philly?” exchange with coach Doug Pederson, and he has completely won Philadelphia’s heart.
Here’s how some people and institutions around the city are saying farewell to beloved St. Nick.