The Philadelphia Eagles have seemingly put an end to the quarterback controversy, as head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that Carson Wentz will be the team's starting quarterback "moving forward."
Jeff McLane of Philly.com shared the news:
Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz is the #Eagles’ starting QB moving forward.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 15, 2019
Wentz missed the final three games of the season plus the playoffs with a nagging back injury. That set the stage for Super Bowl hero and MVP Nick Foles to come off the bench and rally Philadelphia to three straight wins - leading them back to the postseason again.
The Foles magic didn't end there, as the Eagles upset the 12-4 Chicago Bears in the NFC Wild Card Round. Philly narrowly fell 20-14 to the top-seeded New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round, as Foles nearly led the Eagles to a second straight NFC Championship Game.
But despite Foles' heroics, the Eagles have reaffirmed that they're planning to build around Wentz from here on out. Foles carries a $20 million option for 2019, but the Eagles will either decline it and make him a free agent, or simply trade the 29-year-old signal-caller instead.
Some have suggested that the Eagles should keep Foles over Wentz, with the latter dealing with an ACL tear and back injury in the early stages of his career. But despite Foles' playoff magic, the Eagles want to go with the man they drafted second overall three years ago.
Teams like the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos need a new quarterback, so there won't be any shortage of interest in Foles. The only question is if he'll get traded, or if the Eagles will just let him go in free agency.
What This Means
The Eagles probably couldn't go wrong either way here. Wentz is three years younger and has been the slightly better quarterback when healthy. Thus, Foles will likely be thanked for his services in Philly before finding the next chapter in his career.