Doug Pederson remains committed to Carson Wentz.
The Eagles coach said in a press conference Tuesday the team will stick with Wentz as the starter, despite missing the past two postseasons due to injuries.
Wentz being out meant backup Nick Foles came under center, and he had great results. The Eagles were the 2018 Super Bowl champions and beat the Bears in the wild-card round before being knocked out of the playoffs by the Saints this past weekend.
“Yes, Carson Wentz is the quarterback going forward,” Pederson said. “And in Nick’s case, listen, we’d love to have everybody back throughout the roster but as I’ve said many times, it’s not about one guy, it’s about the team, and we’re going to do what’s best for the team.”
Foles, who was also the Super Bowl MVP, was 4-1 as the starter for the Eagles this season, with the only loss coming to the Saints. Foles has a $20 million option for the 2019 season which the Eagles must opt into no later than one week after the Super Bowl. If the team doesn’t exercise the option, Foles can be a free agent this offseason. If they do, he will be available in 2020.
“We would love to keep Nick Foles,” executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. “You talk about a guy we drafted here and we’ve grown incredibly close with. I don’t know a team that wouldn’t want to have Nick Foles on their roster. Certainly as we go into the substance of those discussions, we haven’t had them yet, but there’s no question we love having Nick Foles as an Eagle in Philadelphia and we’d love to keep him.”
Wentz, who was coming off a severe knee injury from the 2017 season, threw for 3,074 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions before a fractured vertabra derailed him for the last five games of this season. Wentz said Monday he doesn’t expect his back to be a lingering issue.
“We have a lot of confidence in Carson and his ability to be our quarterback and to hopefully be a 19-game starter when we look at the season and what we’re trying to do,” Roseman said. “That being said, Coach, from the day he came here, quarterback’s always going to be a priority position for us, we’re always going to try and have talent at that position. We’ve got great quarterback teachers in this building. We’re always going to be looking at that spot and trying to improve like any other spot that’s important to our football team.”