Everything appeared to be coming together for Nick Foles last season. After playing second fiddle to Carson Wentz in Philadelphia and winning a Super Bowl for the Eagles, he was going to get a chance to lead his own team—the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But then he got hurt, rookie Gardner Minshew played well, and now the Jags want to get behind him and trade Foles. Yes, it would be nice to have him as a back-up, but $22 million for a reserve QB is expensive.
However, as a starter, Foles and his contract are a bargain, which is going to make him an attractive option to teams in need of a starting quarterback. Since the Jags are going to be eager to get rid of his contract, the price tag will probably not be too bad.
So—who’s going to acquire him? Bovada.lv is offering odds on the likely suspects:
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- Jacksonville Jaguars -115
- Indianapolis Colts +300
- Chicago Bears +600
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +650
- Philadelphia Eagles +675
- Los Angeles Chargers +750
According to the rumor mill, the Jaguars are not actively shopping Foles, but they are receiving interest and listening. Holding onto him in case Minshew flops next season is an intriguing idea. It could do more harm than good.
If they are going to commit to Minshew, they need to commit to him and not leave the threat of getting pulled for Foles hanging over him. With the amount of guaranteed money still left on his contract, only teams in need of a starter are going to be good options.
Luckily, there are going to be a few.
The Colts thought they had their man in Andrew Luck, but then he up and retired before the season started last year. At first, Jacob Brissett looked like he was going to work out, but then he flopped hard in the second half of the season.
But with their offensive line, running game, and defense, the Colts are a quarterback away from being a legitimate contender. Should they get a new quarterback via trade, then they could use their first-round pick to acquire a second wide receiver for that QB to work with opposite TY. Hilton.
Colts head coach Frank Reich is familiar with Foles from their days with the Eagles making Indianapolis a very attractive bet. But there are other candidates.
Chicago looked ready to compete two years ago, but then Mitchell Trubisky took a gigantic step backward last year. Since he is still under his rookie contract, the Bears could afford to take on Foles and his contract if they wanted to.
Like the Colts, they have a coach on staff familiar with Foles (quarterback coach John DeFilippo).
Tampa Bay is a possibility because Jameis Winston was such a disaster last season, but Bruce Arians has yet to indicate what the Buccaneers plan to do at QB next season. The Eagles are not going to trade for him; his contract will keep that from happening.
The Chargers need a new starter, which makes them an option. But there hasn’t even been a rumor of interest in Foles coming from the Chargers.
So—how should you bet?
It would be foolish to keep him, so don’t waste your money betting on the Jags. But the Colts—they would be a good fit for him, would put him in an excellent position to succeed, and would allow the Colts to address other needs in the draft.
It would be a smart move, but will Jim Irsay make it?