Rumor has it that Nick Foles’ most realistic landing spot will be with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But that scenario may be less likely than we think.
Where will soon-to-be-former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles end up on the next portion of his NFL journey? Will he go to the New York Giants, to face the Eagles twice a year? Or maybe he will find his way down to South Beach to play in Miami with the Dolphins.
All of the above scenario’s are realistic, but the third one has been the most realistic case according to everybody you speak to regarding Foles. Jacksonville has everything that Foles needs to be successful. An offensive coordinator that knows his strengths and weaknesses, along with a good defense on the other side of the ball that could make Foles’ life a lot easier and take the pressure off. However, there’s one thing that Jacksonville doesn’t have. That’s money.
Let me ask this question for the Eagles fans out there – Do the Eagles have an ideal situation regarding the cap space on the team? The simple answer is no; the Eagles do not have a favorable position when it comes to the cap. As a matter of fact, the Eagles have the second-worst cap situation in the entire NFL.
Granted, the factor of Nick Foles walking helps free up a ton of space, but that’s beside the point. Now, do you know which team has the worst cap situation in the NFL? We’re talking 32 out of 32. Yup, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only can the Jaguars not afford Foles right now, but they would have to subtract just to add him to their roster. At that point, is Foles even worth it?
Maybe Jacksonville isn’t the ideal landing spot like we thought…
Nick Foles had the opportunity to get paid $20 million in 2019, thanks to the Eagles option that they issued to him last season. As Foles figured that he could get more than $20 million through free agency, he bought his freedom for $2 million. But as the quarterback market is beginning to shape up, Foles might’ve made the mistake of buying out his option.
According to Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon, there are many reasons why Foles isn’t going to attract the large market that everyone believes he would. With the Denver Broncos already making their choice at quarterback with Joe Flacco, and a few other teams looking to go the draft route, Foles’ market gets cut down by the day. And while Jacksonville was the visible landing spot for Foles, nobody is looking at the bigger picture there. They are broke. If they sign Foles, they can’t do much to bring him help. Can Foles be a one-person band? No, he can’t.
The Jaguars have the seventh-overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. While this year’s quarterback’s class isn’t as notable as previous year’s, the Jaguars could seriously shock everybody and go the draft route for a passer. Not only would it patch up a need for a franchise quarterback, but it would come cheap as well. Nobody believes the Jags will go quarterback early, but they have shocked the world before on draft day (remember Blake Bortles at No. 1?)
Where will Foles end up in 2019? At this point, your guess is as good as mine. We saw Foles’ lack of a trade market after posting an incredible two-game stretch last season in the playoffs, where he was named the Super Bowl MVP. And so far this offseason, his demand is slowly beginning to diminish. Foles will find a home in 2019, but will he truly be viewed as a potential franchise quarterback? That’s the giant question mark that’s going to be surrounding his name.