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Nick Foles chokes up after what's likely his final game in Philly as Eagle

Nick Foles chokes up after what's likely his final game in Philly as Eagle

At some point Sunday afternoon, the reality struck Nick Foles that this is most likely it. 

His final game wearing an Eagles jersey in Philadelphia.

He got choked up talking about it.

“It’s emotional,” Foles said. “I love playing in Philly. I knew there’s a chance this could be it. And I don’t think about the future, but I am aware of that because this city means a lot to me, this team means a lot to me, wearing that jersey means a lot to me.”

If this was Foles’ final game in Philly, it was an unforgettable one.

He not only broke Donovan McNabb’s franchise record for passing yardage in a game with 471, but he also threw for four touchdowns and bounced back after a vicious hit to rally the Eagles to a 32-30 win over the Texans at the Linc (see Roob's observations).

It was a brilliant performance in a career of them, and if there was any doubt how Eagles fans feel about Foles before, there isn't after hearing the "FOLES, FOLES, FOLES," chants when he jogged off the field after getting hurt in the fourth quarter and then jogged back on one play later to play hero once again.

Foles is expected to be elsewhere next year as the Eagles turn the team over to Carson Wentz full time.

If this is it, what a résumé.

Foles was a third-round rookie when he played his first game six years ago against the Cowboys in place of an injured Michael Vick.

He went 0-3 in three starts at the Linc as a rookie and lost his first start here in his 2013 Pro Bowl season.

Since then, he's won 13 of 15 starts in South Philadelphia.

The Eagles finish the regular season in Washington on Sunday and if they’re in the playoffs, it’ll be on the road.

There’s a chance it’s coming to an end. But at the end of the day, I’m very grateful for every opportunity to play here, play in front of our fans, to wear that jersey, no matter what. No one can ever take that away from me. This was a special one tonight. I don’t know what the future holds, I’m not going to worry about it. I’m just going to focus on now, enjoy being in Philadelphia, enjoy the people, enjoy wearing this jersey, because it’s some of the most special moments in my life.

Foles hasn’t lost a meaningful game at the Linc since 2014, when his wide receivers were Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson and his coach was Chip Kelly. 

If this is it, he’ll have won his last nine games in Philadelphia that he’s started and finished, including playoff wins over the Falcons and Vikings last year that propelled the Eagles into the Super Bowl.

Foles solidifies his legendary status every time he plays. And he solidifies it, even more, every time he speaks.

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Source: Eagles moving on from linebacker Nigel Bradham

Source: Eagles moving on from linebacker Nigel Bradham

It appears the Eagles are moving on from veteran linebacker Nigel Bradham. 

Bradham, 30, has been with the Eagles since 2016 but it seemed highly unlikely he would be back in 2020, at least under his current contract. 

The Eagles have declined his option, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN first reported the move. 

This move will save the Eagles around $4.5 million in cap space for the upcoming season. Bradham had a team option on his current contract that would have paid him an $8 million base salary in 2020. Bradham is now a free agent.  

There’s a possibility Bradham could return on a cheaper deal but he’ll obviously want to test the free agent market first, a source said. 

At the end of the 2019 season, I spoke to Bradham about his desire to return to Philly and he expressed that he wouldn’t rule out a possible pay cut. 

“It depends on what’s right,” Bradham said in January. “Obviously, I feel like I’m going into a good situation. I just take it from there. I don’t really have a say on what should be done or what should not be done.”

But the Eagles want to get younger and paying an aging linebacker just isn’t their style. 

While Bradham never grew into a Pro Bowl player in Philly, he was a consistent player at linebacker and perhaps knows Jim Schwartz’s defense better than anybody, having played in it in 2014 in Buffalo and then from 2016-19 with the Eagles. That knowledge of the defense allowed the Eagles to use him at several different positions. 

Bradham was a key member of the Super Bowl team but the Eagles can’t keep players for sentimental reasons. 

And during his years with the Eagles, he’s also had his fair share of off-the-field incidents. But his production on the field has helped the Eagles tolerate those incidents. Since his arrival, Bradham leads the team in combined tackles with 348. He also has 21 TFLs, five sacks and 11 QB hits.

But now, for another year, the Eagles are again light at linebacker. They still have Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton under contract but that likely won’t be enough. They will likely need to reconstruct the position again this offseason. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Nigel Bradham’s option declined

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Eagle Eye podcast: Nigel Bradham’s option declined

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to the Nigel Bradham news. 

The guys try to figure if it would make sense for the Eagles to trade for Darius Slay. 

Exploring Howie Roseman’s hit rate on Day 1 and Day 2 aside from two specific positions. Ranking every one of Howie’s draft picks by round. 

• Moving on from Nigel Bradham 
• Would you trade for Darius Slay?
• Never rule out a trade with Howie 
• Top of the draft hit rate 
• Rankings Roseman’s draft picks by round
• Dave is back from Argentina 

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