“I haven’t turned down anything. We haven’t talked about anything. That wasn’t a true statement at all,” Eagles Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles told reporters yesterday at OTA. “I’m excited to be here. I’m not the GM of the team. I have a great relationship with Howie [Roseman] to where if something did happen, we could have a discussion. But at the end of the day, he gets to decide. I’m just a player. But I’m a grateful player, for being here.”
By Michael Donovan
Nick Foles didn’t sound pissed, but he wanted to set the record straight regarding his alleged nixing of a draft-day trade to Clevelend for the 35th pick in the draft.
Which was probably the motivation for his emphatic denial, especially since it could have an effect on his relationship with rehabbing Carson Wentz, whom he replaced last December before marching the Birds into Supe glory.
“We’re handling it like men in the locker room. At the end of the day, we want the team to be successful,” said Foles. “We have too much stuff going on right now. We have too much work ahead of us … fundamental work, route work, new players, getting to know them, teaching them the offense.
“We have so much going on, and whoever plays Week 1, the whole team’s going to be behind them, the whole quarterback room’s going to be behind them. That’s the great part of this team, that’s the big reason this team won the Super Bowl last year.”
“Carson, he looks great. You know Carson Wentz, he’s always continuing to improve,” Foles said. “He’s excelling every single day, he’s pushing. So I’m excited. You’ve seen him out there throwing, moving around – he’s going to take it one step at a time, and I’ll let him answer anything else. But from what I’ve seen, he looks great.”
Foles has been working with a co-author on “Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds,” scheduled for a June 26 release. Foles said he and his wife, Tori, “sorta were hesitant, because so much stuff was going on,” when they were approached with the idea of a book.
“You can make a lot of money doing a book, and I didn’t want to do that, [from] sharing the story about what God’s done in my life,” Foles said. “The reason we decided to do it was, we’re giving away 100 percent of what we get personally to charities, churches, wherever it may be where our hearts felt led. That made the project come to life.”
It doesn’t seem to bother Foles that he definitely was available, for the right price, back before the draft, whether or not Cleveland actually made the high-second-round pick offer, whether the Eagles considered or would have considered that offer. Of course, he still is available for the right price, should a 2016 Sam Bradfordesque scenario pop up.
“Howie said what he wanted for me,” Foles said. “And I just said if it ever comes to a point where you want to have a discussion, if there was something he was interested in, we would sit down and talk about it. But that never came to be. And I’m here and I’m excited to be here.”
Roseman showed his appreciation by reworking Foles’ contract.
“We restructured my deal so I would be here, and everything worked out,” Foles said. “It provided protection for me, it provided protection for the team. That was us both saying … both of us want me to be here. I love this team. I love everything about this city, Philadelphia. My wife and I decided to come back here. We’re grateful to be here. We’re grateful the team embraced me being back here. We’re sort of staying in the moment. We talked about it during the playoffs, staying where your feet are, staying in the moment. That hasn’t changed.”