For athletes, the allure of calling oneself a starter can be intoxicating.
Unless that means starting for the Browns.
This offseason, the Eagles posed to Nick Foles the sort of question your buddy would ask halfway through a fourth beer: Would you rather be a backup on championship team, or “the guy” on a crap one?
But in this scenario, the responder’s livelihood was at stake.
The Browns reportedly offered the 35th overall pick to the Eagles in exchange for the Super Bowl MVP.
According to NFL.com: “Before rejecting the deal, two sources said, the Eagles ran the scenario by Foles, who said he preferred to remain in Philadelphia.”
Divorced from their recent history, Cleveland might be an attractive up-and-coming team to join on the ground floor. After loads of draft picks in 2017 and 2018, they’re stocked with young talent. And they boast an intriguing wideout tandem of Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry.
But there’s been reason for optimism in Cleveland before; the feeling rarely lasts long.
There’s also the matter of Foles’ wanting to walk when he’s 50. The Browns finished second, first, and sixth in sacks surrendered in 2015, 2016, and 2017; their 169 sacks allowed are the most in that span.
And that was before future Hall of Fame tackle Joe Thomas retired.
Between those numbers, the Browns’ one win in two seasons, and the fact that Eagles starter Carson Wentz is returning from major knee surgery, Foles once again made the right call.