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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."

Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

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Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

The Eagles gave Nick Foles a little raise on Friday, reworking the Super Bowl MVP’s contract, a league source confirmed. 

Basically, the Eagles are rewarding Foles after he helped the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl a few months ago. 

Foles, 29, is still entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles, but the new deal also includes a mutual option for the 2019 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The mutual option will still allow Foles the possibility to test the free agent market next season, but could leave the door open to a possible return beyond this upcoming season. 

Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network first reported the revised contract, which includes a $2 million signing bonus and “several millions in incentives if he’s the starter and hits various benchmarks,” according to Rapoport. 

That part makes a ton of sense. If for some reason Carson Wentz isn’t ready to play in 2018 or if he goes down again, Foles will have a chance to earn what might be closer to starter money. 

Foles was set to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2018, with a salary cap hit of $7.6 million on the contract before Friday’s renegotiation. 

Wentz and Foles grew very close last season — third-string QB Nate Sudfeld too — and have both been very selfless in a situation that would be awkward for many others in the league. But both have been incredibly selfless throughout the entire process. Just this week, Wentz admitted he had to fight jealousy but was truly happy for his teammate and friend, who became the Super Bowl hero (see story)

Earlier on Friday, Foles tweeted out this photo with his wife and daughter from the NovaCare Complex. That’s a $2 million smile. 

Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

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Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

It turns out winning the Super Bowl is pretty good for business. 

The NFLPA on Friday released its top 50 player sales list from March 1-Feb. 28 and the Eagles were the most represented team on the list, with five players ranking in the top 50. 

3. Carson Wentz 
17. Zach Ertz
22. Nick Foles
43. Alshon Jeffery
45. Jay Ajayi 

This list is a combined total of all officially licensed merchandise, not just jerseys. It shouldn’t be surprising that Wentz is near the top of this list, behind just Tom Brady (1) and Dak Prescott (2). Even though he was injured late in the year, he was having an MVP season before going down and is obviously the Eagles’ quarterback of the future. 

But Foles making the list at 22? That’s pretty impressive. Remember, for most of the 2017 season, Foles was just a backup on a two-year deal. He had to make a heckuva comeback once he took over for an injured Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Foles returned to the top 50 list after two years off of it. 

Weirdly, Foles sold more drinkware product from Wincraft than any other player — 10 times more than any other player!

And there are likely a lot of Eagles fans walking around the city with players on their legs. Five of the top 10 sellers of Strideline socks were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Ajayi and Jeffery. 

Only Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. sold more in Fathead decals than Wentz. 

Here’s the top 10: 

1. Brady
2. Prescott
3. Wentz
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Antonio Brown
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Beckham Jr. 
8. Russell Wilson
9. Rob Gronkowski
10. Derek Carr