NEW ORLEANS — Nick Foles exited the guests locker room Sunday with a backpack slung on his shoulder and wheeling a small black suitcase behind him.
Carrying a darkish inexperienced button down shirt and a black winter hat, he paused within the hall to rummage by means of his issues and have a second with working again Jay Ajayi, who was passing by.
“Go get some R and R, bro,” Ajayi stated after a hug.
“Oh yeah,” Foles responded.
However first a go to with the media. He made his manner right into a cramped room on the alternative facet of the tunnel, sliding previous reporters wedged in locker stalls alongside the wall.
There have been a number of questions concerning the divisional loss to the New Orleans Saints, however most explored the subject on everybody’s thoughts: Was this the tip?
Foles wasn’t prepared to say so. He deliberate on having fun with the aircraft journey dwelling along with his teammates and wasn’t ready to look past that simply but.
It was arduous not to mirror, although, given the apparent significance of the second. There’s a very actual likelihood this was Foles’ final evening in an Eagles uniform. He has earned the precise to be a starter on this league by means of guiding Philly to a title final 12 months and a late-season surge this 12 months. That chance will possible come elsewhere. Barring an enormous change in plans, Carson Wentz is the QB the franchise plans to hitch its wagon to. Foles can grow to be a free agent this offseason if the Eagles do not place the franchise tag on him.
“That is a tricky query,” Foles responded when requested how a lot he desires to keep in Philadelphia. “It is a actually distinctive scenario. One thing that, actually, I would like time to simply step again. I like this metropolis. I like enjoying there. We’ve three guys in that quarterback room that may play on this league.
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“However I will let you know this, it doesn’t matter what occurs, it has been a pleasure enjoying within the metropolis, being in that quarterback room with Carson and Nate [Sudfeld], going to work day-after-day. Town means a lot to me and my household. And it all the time will.”
Coach Doug Pederson took the time proper after the sport to thank Foles for all the things that he has completed.
“Simply advised him I beloved him,” Pederson stated, “and we’ll in all probability go to within the subsequent couple days.”
His teammates supplied their tributes as effectively.
“What an final staff man he’s,” stated sort out Lane Johnson. “Actually, a man that likes to shrink back from all of the accolades and all the eye. I’ve had so many nice recollections, even from my rookie 12 months, him simply coming again and being a resilient man. Profitable a Tremendous Bowl, that is one thing that can by no means be taken away. Only a man that is actually selfless and actually loves his teammates loads. And you do not discover too many guys like that on this league.”
As Foles made his manner out of the interview room, reporters alongside the locker wall prolonged their arms to want him effectively. As he bought to the tunnel, he stopped and hugged an Eagles employees member goodbye. Then he re-gripped his suitcase deal with and commenced strolling throughout the Superdome subject in direction of the bus and out of sight.