It is no secret that Super Bowl champion Nick Foles will be a hot commodity this offseason. It seems like more teams than ever are in need of a quarterback and names are being thrown around all over the place. Kirk Cousins, Sam Bradford, Case Keenum, Nick Foles, Eli Manning, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater could all end up in different uniforms to start the 2018 season.
The Jaguars showed this season and in the playoffs that they have as much talent as anybody. They have the best defense in the league with a ton of youth, and an offense with a young star running back and many other weapons. Blake Bortles has been no better than mediocre or maybe average if you’re a nice guy, but he will never win a Super Bowl. If the Jags had one of the other 15+ superior QB’s in the league playing in place of him during the playoffs, they might have gone all the way.
Nick Foles proved that he is capable of coming up clutch and leading a postseason run. If he were starting in Jacksonville and not Philly, the playoffs would have looked a lot different. Foles is exactly what this young Jags offense needs. He is only 29, so he has at least 4-5 years left of elite QB play.
Yes, the Jags did just re-sign Bortles on a 3 year deal, but they are not paying him a ton of money. He is not even getting 30 million guaranteed and his salary is in the middle of the pack compared to other starting QB’s. They are obviously not committing long term to Bortles since it is only a 3 year deal and not huge money. This deal could just be to keep him around in case they do not find any better options, or to wait until they get an enticing offer for him that is worth pulling the trigger on.
2 potential trades that would bring Foles to Jacksonville and send inferior Bortles on his way are:
- Jags sends a future first round pick to Philadelphia and get Nick Foles in return
- Jags send Blake Bortles to Cleveland and get future pick(s) and/or possibly a player as well
The previous trades would be beneficial to all 3 teams involved and would be great for the NFL as well. What are the chances it happens? Probably pretty damn low, but Nick Foles is bound to be moved at some point and Tom Coughlin is too smart to not go after him.