It's not quite the MVP. Still, Carson Wentz beat out Tom Brady, at least for one award.
Wentz was named the NFL FedEx Air Player of the Year Saturday. Rams running back Todd earned FedEx Ground Player of the Year honors.
FedEx will donate $50,000 to the USO in each player's name.
The Eagles' second-year quarterback beat out fellow finalists Brady and Alex Smith. Since the award is decided by fan voting, he can thank enthusiastic Eagles fans for the accolade.
If you're reading this, you probably don't need to be reminded what Wentz did to earn this award — 33 touchdown passes, 3,926 yards passing, just seven interceptions, leading the Eagles to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. You can't deny that he had a special season.
However, Brady is still expected to win his third MVP award Saturday night. Unlike the FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year, the MVP is determined by the votes of a panel of sportswriters.
The NFL honors show begins at 9 p.m. on NBC, as the league will announce the winners for MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will also be announced. Former Eagles Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are two of the finalists.
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.
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.”