Nick Foles is fully expected to sign with the Jaguars when Free Agency begins
Nick Foles’ days with the Philadelphia Eagles are over. Now, it looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team making a strong push.
At this point, it’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles are allowing Nick Foles to walk off into Free Agency. Earlier this week, Howie Roseman stood at a podium in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine and begun his press conference fielding questions about the 2017 Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles. Obviously, Roseman was fully prepared to get asked questions about Foles’ future.
For a while, it seemed like the Eagles were going to franchise tag Foles, in an attempt to trade him away to gain some value. As it turns out, there’s not much of a market brewing for the backup who’s in search of a franchise role. The Denver Broncos opted to trade for Joe Flacco. The New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders are sticking with their guys. The Washington Redskins are still going to keep Alex Smith on board, and the Miami Dolphins are rumored to be tanking.
That leaves one realistic destination left for Nick Foles – the Jacksonville Jaguars. While it’s not surprising that Foles would land with the Jags, after they signed his former quarterback’s coach John DeFilippo to run the offense, there were still some question marks about what the Jaguars could do. Considering their cap situation is among the worst in the league, it was unclear if they could afford Foles or not. Now that Foles’ market is pretty much Jacksonville or bust, his price tag is not expected to be more than $20-25 million.
It’s only a matter of time…
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, Foles’ price tag has lowered. As the NFL Combine is a week full of discussions and speculation amongst front office’s and agencies, it’s apparent that Foles is not getting the attention that he expected. Being that Jacksonville is the number one suitor the contract structure is already being worked out.
"A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. They have been working on the structure of a contract, as the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported. As McLane also reported, it might not place Foles among the league’s highest-paid QBs, since the Jags appear to be the only bidder."
With Foles looking to start for the Jaguars, the slight chances of him returning to Philly on a cheaper deal to back up Carson Wentz is officially highly unlikely to happen. Although we expected Foles to find a new home, there was a slight chance that teams were going to avoid overpaying for him and take the draft route. Fortunately, Foles will find himself a third chance to become a starter in the NFL with the Jaguars.