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PHILADELPHIA — Crazy to think how a single choice at a crossroad led to the “Philly Special,” a Super Bowl Bowl MVP and an avalanche of Philadelphia sports history, and how none of it would have unfolded in the same fashion if Nick Foles had gone left instead of right. Or, more accurately, south instead of north.
Would there be a statue commemorating an Eagles’ Super Bowl win if Nick Foles had gone to Tampa as a free agent? Who would have been the QB talking to Doug Pederson about the Philly Special? AP Photo/Matt Slocum
The Philadelphia Eagles play at the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. In a parallel universe, Foles would be coming out of the tunnel wearing pewter and red rather than midnight green.

A free agent heading into the 2017 season, Foles had narrowed his decision down to the Eagles and Bucs. Philly was releasing Chase Daniel and needed a No. 2 to Carson Wentz, and Tampa was looking for a backup to Jameis Winston after Mike Glennon signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Chicago Bears.

“It was close,” said Foles, who will start against Tampa on Sunday while Wentz continues to heal up from multi-ligament knee injury. “We were in discussions.”

Foles has a history with Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter. He committed to play for him at Arizona State when Foles was a junior in high school, but Koetter was fired that year, setting the wheels in motion for him to join the NFL ranks. Koetter was looking to make the union finally happen in the pros.

“We were excited about bringing Nick to ASU to play for us there,” Koetter said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I guess it’s worked out OK on both ends. But, shoot, I loved Nick as a high school player and his athleticism not only as a football player but as a basketball player. I’ve followed his career closely ever since and at one point actually tried to get him come down here. But again, that’s worked out well for him, and we did great by getting [Ryan Fitzpatrick] so it worked out well for both sides.”

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Foles’ wife, Tori, was pregnant with their daughter, Lily during free agency. Their affection for and familiarity with the city of Philadelphia from Foles’ first time with the Eagles proved to be the tiebreaker.
“We thought really long and hard, but ultimately we decided that Philly was our home once before and we loved it, we loved the people here, we loved the city,” Foles said. “And what better place to be when we bring our daughter into the world? So that was the big decision.”

As Koetter said, it worked out for both parties. Fitzpatrick is off to a hot start — he threw four touchdowns in an opening-day win over the New Orleans Saints — and Foles, well, Foles is an icon for helping to deliver Philly its first-ever Lombardi Trophy.

As interesting as it is from the outside to think about what might have been — or not been — if Foles and his family chose differently, the 29-year-old QB says he hasn’t spent much time on it.

“Once we decided to go here, you’re obviously grateful for the teams that you talk with and you go through the business part with, but I was grateful to be here and just focused on being in Philly,” he said, “and being a daddy and all that comes with it.”

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets, one day after naming Sam Darnold their starting quarterback, on Tuesday added one of his former Pac-12 rivals to their practice squad: Davis Webb.

Webb, a third-round pick of the New York Giants in 2017, was surprisingly released Sunday by the Giants. He went unclaimed on waivers and became a free agent.


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If the rookie can emulate Wentz’s early career arc the Jets would be thrilled, but the expectations, hype and talent around him won’t make it easy.

“He’s somebody you looked at coming out [in the draft],” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “To have him available and being able to [put him] on the practice squad, it’s something that intrigued us, with the size and the arm. You’re not surprised or surprised he’s available. We just thought we’d take a look at him. He was a good guy to sign.”

The Jets have only Darnold and Josh McCown on their 53-man roster. The plan was to keep undrafted rookie John Wolford on the practice squad, but they decided to change when Webb became available.

Wolford was released.

Webb didn’t play a single snap as a rookie and was active for only one game. He received most of the second-team reps in training camp, behind Eli Manning, so it was a stunner when the Giants decided to release Webb in favor of rookie Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney.

“I didn’t need a reason [from the Giants],” Webb said Tuesday. “They made a decision; I didn’t agree with it. I don’t think many people did, especially my teammates. But at the same time, I’ve moved on.”

General manager Mike Maccagnan saw Darnold play in person for the first time while scouting Webb during a USC-Cal game on Oct. 27, 2016. Maccagnan flew to Cal to scout Webb, who was draft-eligible, but a member of the USC staff told the GM before the game to keep an eye on the Trojans’ freshman quarterback.