Jeffrey Lurie is very happy with the financial investment the Philadelphia Eagles made in backup quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles has led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in the wake of Carson Wentz's season-ending injury in Week 14.
"Obviously, it's a huge game in Los Angeles, Carson played really, really well, Nick [Foles] came in and won the game for us, we had the best record in football, and you think, 'Oh my gosh, we're not going to be going forward with our great young quarterback,'" the owner said.
Five games later, the Eagles are 4-1 with Foles under center. The Eagles cut Chase Daniel despite still owing him $5 million for 2017 and signed Foles for a $7 million deal.
"Our priority, as you've seen, is to make sure we have the very best possible other starting quarterback," Lurie said. "I won't even call [Foles] a backup, because we had him evaluated as a very strong quarterback. He's been 18-5 for us over the last 23 games when Nick has started a game and finished. His quarterback rating in the postseason -- he's a big-time, big-game player. That's Nick.
"And we utilized about $12 million to have a second quarterback. And it may have seemed irrational, but I remember the phone call when it was [executive vice president of football operations] Howie [Roseman] and I talking, and we said, 'We have an opportunity to do this. Do you have any reservations of using this $12 million this way versus other positions?' And we both agreed this was absolutely the right thing to do. We never knew it would come to this, but we knew that Nick could win big games for us."