NEW ORLEANS — Nick Foles exited the guests locker room Sunday with a backpack slung on his shoulder and wheeling a small black suitcase behind him.
Wearing a darkish inexperienced button-down shirt and a black winter hat, he paused within the hall to rummage by his issues and have a second with operating again Jay Ajayi, who was passing by.
“Go get some R&R, bro,” Ajayi stated after a hug.
“Oh yeah,” Foles responded.
But first, a go to with the media. He made his manner right into a cramped room on the other aspect of the tunnel, sliding previous reporters wedged in locker stalls alongside the wall.
There had been a number of questions concerning the divisional-round loss to the New Orleans Saints, however most explored the subject on everybody’s thoughts: Was this the top?
Foles wasn’t able to say so. He deliberate on having fun with the airplane experience home together with his teammates and wasn’t ready to look past that just but.
It was onerous to not replicate, although, given the obvious significance of the second. There is a really actual likelihood this was Foles’ final evening in an Eagles uniform. He has earned the appropriate to be a starter on this league by guiding Philly to a title final year and a late-season surge this year. That alternative will possible come elsewhere. Barring a giant change in plans, Carson Wentz is the QB the franchise plans to hitch its wagon to. Foles can develop into a free agent this offseason if the Eagles do not place the franchise tag on him.
“That’s a troublesome query,” Foles responded when requested how a lot he desires to remain in Philadelphia. “It’s a very distinctive state of affairs. Something that, truthfully, I would like time to just step again. I really like this metropolis. I really like enjoying there. We have three guys in that quarterback room that may play on this league.
“But I’ll let you know this: No matter what occurs, it has been a pleasure enjoying within the metropolis, being in that quarterback room with Carson and Nate [Sudfeld], going to work each day. The metropolis means a lot to me and my household. And it all the time will.”
Coach Doug Pederson took the time proper after the game to thank Foles for all the things that he has accomplished.
“Just advised him I cherished him,” Pederson stated, “and we’ll most likely go to within the subsequent couple days.”
His teammates provided their tributes as effectively.
“What an final team man he’s,” sort out Lane Johnson stated. “Really, a man that likes to draw back from all of the accolades and all the eye. I’ve had so many nice reminiscences, even from my rookie year, him just coming again and being a resilient man. Winning a Super Bowl, that is one thing that may by no means be taken away. Just a man that is actually selfless and actually loves his teammates quite a bit. And you do not discover too many guys like that on this league.”
As Foles made his manner out of the interview room, reporters alongside the locker wall prolonged their arms to want him effectively. As he acquired to the tunnel, he stopped and hugged an Eagles employees member goodbye. Then he regripped his suitcase deal with and commenced strolling throughout the Superdome discipline towards the bus and out of sight.