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How will Eagles handle their QB situation?

How will Eagles handle their QB situation?

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Let's go ahead and pump the brakes on the quarterback controversy in Philly.
 
Carson Wentz is still the Eagles' franchise quarterback.
 
The last question tossed toward Doug Pederson at Monday morning's press conference in the Mall of America, the day after his team's 41-33 win in Super Bowl LII, was about whether or not Wentz is still his starting quarterback.
 
Pederson pretty clearly didn't want to even talk about it yet.
 
"You know what, we're just going to enjoy this moment right now," Pederson said. "We're going to enjoy it, get on a plane, go back to Philadelphia. We're going to celebrate with our fans back in Philly."
 
Foles played incredibly well in Super Bowl LII and even took home the MVP trophy because of it, but Wentz was the No. 2 pick and was on track to become the MVP of the league this season before his injury. There's a reason he was in the dead center spot when the Eagles took their team photo on Saturday. Everyone else was in numerical order.
 
The team is still his.
 
Pederson said he had a chance to speak with Wentz shortly after the game ended, while the Eagles were still celebrating on the field. 
 
"He's a great quarterback and he's a big reason why this team won this championship, won this game," Pederson said. "I told him that hopefully, we'll be back in this game with him leading the way."
 
Wentz is entering the third year of his rookie contract next season, while Foles is entering the second year of a two-year deal he signed in the last offseason with the Eagles. Had he just signed a one-year deal, there would likely be teams lining up for him.
 
The Eagles could theoretically trade Foles. They would probably get a pretty decent return and would save over $5 million in cap space. But Wentz is coming off a serious knee injury and while his goal is still to be ready by the opener, you never know.
 
Foles is the Super Bowl MVP. Not a bad insurance policy.
 
"I'm not really worried about my future right now," Foles said. "I'm grateful to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles. I said when I signed with the Eagles, I'm grateful and content with this moment. I'm staying in the moment. I'm not worrying about my future now. There will be a time and a place to handle all that.
 
"But I take a lot of pride wearing the Philadelphia Eagles jersey and I just enjoy being here. It's such a great team. I'm excited for Carson Wentz coming back healthy. I get to work with him every day."

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason. 

The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.

Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.

Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.

Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.

Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.

Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

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Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.

Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.

Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.

"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”