The Philadelphia Eagles will not place franchise etiquette on quarterback Nick Foles, said Wednesday general manager Howie Roseman.
"We're going to let Nick Foles become a free agent," said Roseman at the NFL Watch Club in Indianapolis. "He deserves an opportunity to lead a team."
The main goal of Foles this season was to find a team that he could qualify as his after two remarkable seasons as a substitute for Carson Wentz.
Foles relinquished his contract with the Eagles by paying them back $ 2 million in February.
"I'd love to lead a team," said Foles at the end of the 2018 season. "The first thing, directing a team, influencing a locker room … that's why we play the game, for influence people, to create an atmosphere. "
Roseman said the combine is the NFL version of the baseball winter meetings, where teams have the opportunity to talk about potential trades. The organization was planning to place the label on Foles to facilitate an exchange, but this decision indicates that the team was not able to find an agreement that works.
By letting him walk, the Eagles should receive a compensatory choice as high as a third player by 2020.
The potential Foles market declined when the Denver Broncos were traded to Joe Flacco. There should be mutual interest between Foles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Additional suitors have been difficult to identify.
Originally drafted by the Eagles in the third round in 2012, Foles was traded to the St. Louis Rams before the 2015 season after a few tough years in Philadelphia and he was considering retiring after a tough year in St. Louis. . Instead, he joined coach Andy Reid as a replacement with the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to Philly in a similar role in 2017.
A signature that did not attract much attention at the time proved to be one of the most important in franchise history, since Foles succeeded Wentz and allowed the team to win his first Super Bowl title.
He completed 73% of his passes – an NFL record in one season – and made six touchdowns in the playoff round before being named MVP of the Super Bowl.
He proved to save the Eagles season for the second time last year by helping him win three straight wins in place of the injured Wentz to close the regular season, as well as a road victory against the Bears of Chicago in the Wild Card playoffs. Foles, 30, has completed 62% of his passes in 54 career games with 68 touchdowns and 33 steals. He has the sixth highest score as a career post-season smuggler (98.8) in the history of the NFL.
Tim McManus contributed to this report.