Eagles will allow QB Nick Foles to become a free agent, GM says

There won’t be any tags for quarterback Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles. The quarterback who will forever be remembered as a Super Bowl MVP in Philly is free to go.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman announced during a press conference at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday that the team has decided to allow Foles to become a free agent. There had been speculation the team would use its franchise tag on Foles and then try to trade him.

That option was risky, and might have limited Foles’ options. Now Foles can entertain all offers. He immediately becomes perhaps the most sought-after free agent on the market, at least by some teams.

Who will sign Nick Foles?

The team that has to be happiest about Wednesday’s revelation from Roseman is probably the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars and Foles have seemed like the best fit for a while. Had the Eagles tagged Foles, it would have cost the Jaguars significant draft compensation to get Foles in a trade. It will still be expensive for the Jaguars to sign Foles, but that’s more manageable than a big contract and draft picks.

That doesn’t mean the Jaguars will be the only interested team. However, there also aren’t many teams desperate at quarterback. The NFL is on better footing with quarterback play than many have noticed.

The Giants should be looking for a long-term replacement for Eli Manning, but who knows what their plans are for that. The Dolphins might need a quarterback if they cut Ryan Tannehill, but reports say they’re more interested in the 2020 or 2021 draft for that. The Broncos might have been a fit, but they made their bed with Joe Flacco already. The Redskins could be an option with Alex Smith’s injury making his future murky, though Foles would be a major second financial investment at quarterback.

At least the Eagles not restricting Foles with a franchise tag opens up whatever options he will have.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 (R) of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 (L) looks on before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Carson Wentz #11 and Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate their teams win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) have a quick laugh together during the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 31: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as teammate Nick Foles #9 passes the ball during Super Bowl LII practice on January 31, 2018 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on February 4th. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Carson Wentz #11 and Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles take the field prior to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Carson Wentz #11 during Eagles minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on June 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Quarterbacks Nick Foles #9, Nate Sudfeld #7 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles, acknowledge fans as Wentz hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy atop a parade bus during festivities on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII championship with a victory parade. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Nick Foles #9 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles look on prior to the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 30: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on while Carson Wentz #11 warms up behind him prior to the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as Carson Wentz #11 looks on before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles (9) and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz (11) discuss a play during a NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and teammate quarterback Nick Foles #9 look on during warm ups before taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and teammate quarterback Nick Foles #9 warm up before taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07: Carson Wentz #11 (L) of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the ball next to Nick Foles #9 before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field as Carson Wentz #11 looks on in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Texans 32-30. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 speaks with Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles before the game against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia defeats Houston 32-30. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as Nick Foles #9 throws the ball before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) look on before an NFL NFC Wild Card football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears on January 06, 2019, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Foles leaves Philly as a legend

Wherever Foles plays next, he’ll always be remembered as an Eagle.

When Carson Wentz tore his ACL two seasons ago. Foles led the Eagles through the playoffs and helped win the team’s first Super Bowl. Last season he turned around a bad Eagles season after another Wentz injury and led them to the playoffs and a wild-card round win over the Bears.

Foles will be a legend in Philadelphia forever for his Super Bowl heroics. Now he can cash in during free agency.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his teams 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with his daughter Lily Foles after his 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with Jason Kelce #62 after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with his daughter Lily Foles and wife Tori Foles after his 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: NBC personality Dan Patrick interviews Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles as he is named Super Bowl MVP after they defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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