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Here’s why Nick Foles could be on trading block since Eagles remain Carson Wentz’s team

Here’s why Nick Foles could be on trading block since Eagles remain Carson Wentz’s team

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – This Super Bowl MVP trophy and career reset will buy Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles more than anyone could have imagined in the coming year. A trip to Disneyland. An extra $112,000 in championship winnings. Surely some endorsement cachet. And of course, a Super Bowl ring.

But it can’t buy Foles’ future as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback. If there was any serious question about that, head coach Doug Pederson all but ended the speculation Monday when talking about injured starter Carson Wentz.

“I had a chance to talk to Carson actually on the field, on the podium, last night after the game, and [I] just told him to take this in, just enjoy this moment,” Pederson said. “He’s a great quarterback, and he’s a big reason [we were here]. I told him, ‘You’re a big, big part of why this team won this championship and won this game.’ I told him that hopefully we’ll be back in this game with him leading the way.”

Pressed further about what will happen with Foles and Wentz going forward, Pederson couldn’t exit the podium quickly enough.

“I knew I couldn’t get off the stage without that question,” he said. “You know what? We’re just going to enjoy this moment. I’m going to tell you right now: We’re going to enjoy it. We’re going get on this plane and go back to Philadelphia, and we’re going to celebrate with our fans back in Philly. We’ve got a long offseason, really a short offseason now. We’re just going to enjoy this moment. … I’m happy for Nick [Foles]. I’m happy for the team. It’s not about one guy. It’s about the team. We’re going to enjoy these next few days.”

While that’s far short of saying “Nick Foles is on the trading block,” the language says enough to know what’s ahead. You don’t win a Super Bowl and then tell the media that you spoke to Wentz and told him, “Hopefully we’ll be back in this game with [you] leading the way.” Or “I’m happy for Nick” followed by “It’s not about one guy.”

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There’s no shame in anything Pederson said. This is reality. From the start, this team was going back to Wentz regardless of what Foles did. Only a dramatic hiccup in Wentz’s recovery from knee injury could have changed that. And there’s no indication of worry from the Eagles on that front. But make no mistake: this presents several interesting wrinkles for Pederson and the Eagles.</p>
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