Doug Pederson: “Safe To Say” Nick Foles Will Be With Eagles For Start Of 2018 Season

Eagles HC Doug Pederson tells ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that it is now “safe to sayNick Foles will be in Philadelphia for the start of the 2018 season.

Earlier in the day, Pederson told reporters that he believes Foles would be fine returning to a backup role, despite leading the team to a Super Bowl victory a few months ago.

That’s obviously probably a Nick question,” Pederson said, per Zach Berman. “But I know Nick and his mentality, and I think he’s fine with that. He understands it’s Carson’s team. He knew that last year. …Moving forward, I think he’s going to be OK.

Indications from the Eagles have been that they would trade Foles for the right price, but it appears as though no team has been willing to step up and make them the kind of offer it would take for a deal to get done.

With Carson Wentz coming off of a serious knee injury, it makes sense for the Eagles to hold onto Foles and see how he looks. By the start of the regular season, it’s possible a team could be in the market for a quarterback much like the Vikings were a few years ago after Teddy Bridgewater got hurt, so Philadelphia could always wait to see what trade opportunities are available at that point.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media previously reported that the Cardinals made a call to the Eagles about a trade for Foles. However, Garafolo says that talks didn’t go very far.

According to Garafolo, the Cardinals contacted the Eagles around the time they were working on the Sam Bradford deal, which apparently came together quickly.

Foles, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Eagles back in 2012. Philadelphia traded Foles to the Rams back in 2015 in a deal for QB Sam Bradford and he later signed an extension with the Rams.

Unfortunately, Foles lasted just over a year with the Rams before he was released last summer and later signed by the Chiefs. The Eagles signed Foles to a two-year, $11 million contract that includes $7 million guaranteed this past March. He stands to make a base salary of $1 million this season and another $4 million in 2018.

In 2017, Foles appeared in seven games and completed 56.4 percent of his passes for 537 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

We’ll have more regarding Foles as the news is available.

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