ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s nearly April and the Super Bowl MVP hasn’t yet been traded.
In any normal circumstance, that sentence would deserve a hearty “duh!” from anyone within earshot. But this isn’t any normal circumstance. The Eagles have Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and if all goes well, they’ll be placing him back on the bench in favor of Carson Wentz when the season begins in September.
While the Eagles have fielded phone calls about trading Foles, they haven’t yet pulled the trigger.
“He’s still on the team because he’s an incredibly valuable member of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Eagles de facto GM Howie Roseman said at the annual NFL meetings on Monday afternoon. “When you talk about that position and what’s gone on, you’ve seen it in the free-agent market, you’ve seen it in the trade market. We’re in the business of making sure we get the right value for the player. What our value is for a player is going to stick.”
Earlier this week, head coach Doug Pederson told NFL Network that Wentz is ahead of schedule in his rehab. Roseman, without specifically talking about the injury, said he agrees with the head coach.
If that’s true, Foles becomes an expensive insurance policy for the 2018 season; he has a cap hit of $7.6 million. But with a starting quarterback coming off a serious knee injury, it’s understandable why the Eagles want to be blown away if they’re going to trade Foles. It’s not going to get done for a middle-of-the-road draft pick or two.
“When you talk about certain rounds, there’s a percentage of hitting on guys,” Roseman said. “We know what we have. And that allows us to feel very good about the most important position in sports. For us to get rid of something like that, that’s going to be a high price tag.”
Roseman declined to get into his specific conversations with other teams about Foles and he also declined to answer a question about whether or not Foles had asked to be traded to a team where he can become a starter.
A couple years ago, the Eagles were incredibly opportunistic when they traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a terrible injury during training camp. Now, they can’t count on that type of scenario again, but the Eagles would probably be just as opportunistic if a similar situation unfurled this year.
Until then, Foles is an Eagle. And the Eagles are in no rush to cash in their insurance policy.
“We feel very confident about what his value is to our football team and really to the rest of the league,” Roseman said.