Nick Foles 'not worried' about future despite Carson Wentz's impending return to Eagles

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – One of the most unlikely Super Bowl MVPs in NFL history took the podium with his future with his current team uncertain.

Nick Foles and the Eagles withstood a historic offensive performance from the Patriots Sunday night in Super Bowl LII, winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship 41-33. But he remains a backup quarterback on a team with a 25-year-old franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz.

“I’m not really worried about my future right now,” Foles said Monday morning at a news conference. “I’m grateful to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles. I said when I signed with the Eagles: I’m grateful and content in this moment. Well, I’m staying in the moment. I’m not worried about my future right now.

“There will be a time and a place to handle all that. I take a lot of pride in wearing the Philadelphia Eagles jersey and I just enjoy being here. Such a great team. I’m excited for Carson Wentz coming back healthy. I work with him every day. Dude is a stud, and I’m just living in the moment.”

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Foles signed a two-year deal this offseason, locking him up through the 2018 season. But after his outstanding postseason – in which he completed 72.6 % of his passes for 971 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in three games – other teams may be interesting in swinging a deal to bring him in as a starter.

Foles, who just turned 29 in January, otherwise could seek a more lucrative contract when his current deal expires.

On Sunday, Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also caught a 1-yard score on a fourth down in the second quarter.

Through most of the regular season, Wentz played himself into MVP consideration before he tore his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in a Week 14 game against the Rams.

Foles stepped into the starter’s role and initially struggled. In the postseason, however, he carried Philadelphia’s offense.

“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent.

“I know when people speak and share they’re weaknesses, I listen. Because I can (relate). I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles. That’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.”

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When asked directly whether there would be a quarterback competition between Foles and Wentz at the start of training camp next year, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson deflected, saying the team was “just going to enjoy this moment.”

It was likely intended to allow Foles, who is almost certain to remain the backup should the team not opt to move him, to bask in his accomplishment.

Along those lines, Pederson – earlier in the news conference when asked about having players step up in the face of injury – appeared to answer the question he later deflected on.

Said Pederson: “Hopefully we’ll be back in this game with (Wentz) leading the way.”

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