Possible Nick Foles Landing Spots for the 2018-19 Season
Just two years ago this July, Nick Foles requested and granted release from the then-St. Louis Rams. Foles was reportedly upset that the Rams drafted California QB Jared Goff, meaning he wouldn’t have a chance to start on a team. He even heavily considered retirement from the NFL. However, close to a month later Foles chose the Kansas City Chiefs over the Minnesota Vikings, signing a one-year, $1.75m, contract. He went on to only start two games for the Chiefs, where he ended up with 410 yds, 65.6% completion rate, 3 TDs, and 0 interceptions. The Chiefs later decided not to use the second-year option on his contract, making him a free agent.
Foles went on to sign a two-year contract returning to the Philadelphia Eagles in March of 2017. He was designated to be the backup for Carson Wentz who had high expectations for the 2017 season. Wentz went onto lead the Eagles to a league-best 12-1 record. The franchise and, of course, fans were devastated when Carson Wentz injured his knee in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, later to be diagnosed as a torn ACL. It seemed everyone counted out the Eagles in Super Bowl contention. Foles took over the helm of the Eagles and went for 537 yds, 56,4% completion rate, 6 TDs, and two interceptions. The Eagles ended up 13-3, enough to secure home field advantage, and a first-round playoff bye.
The Eagles were significant underdogs entering the playoffs and were throughout. Foles seemed to be a completely different person in the playoffs, picking each opponent apart. The Eagles beat the Falcons in the divisional round, 15-10. Majority of people were very surprised that the Eagles made it past the first round, hence Chris Long and Lane Johnson running around on the field after the game with dog masks. They faced the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship, where the Vikings were heavily favored. With hundreds of fans with dog masks on, the Eagles decimated the Vikings, 38-7. Foles entered the Super Bowl 52 matchup against the New England Patriots with 598 yds, 77.8% completion rate, 3 TDs, and 0 interceptions in the first two playoff matches combined.
Foles and the Eagles went on to beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52, 41-33. Foles ended with 373 yds, 65.1% completion rate, 3 TDs, one interception, and even a touchdown catch. His performance ultimately earned him Super Bowl MVP. Immediately following the game, discussions about a possible trade for Nick Foles began to swirl.
Where are the possible locations Foles will be at during the 2018 season? Will the Eagles make a blockbuster trade? Will Foles stay? Here are the five likely teams Foles could be on next season, and why.
1. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are entering the offseason without a Franchise Quarterback after Carson Palmer retired. They are also at the #15 pick, meaning they’re most likely not going to be able to draft any of the top QBs in the draft. They’re losing their HC, QB, and possibly Fitzgerald to retirement. Arizona has a lot of weapons on offense and defense, making a Foles entrance less chaotic and easy. It’s unclear currently if they’d instead pursue Foles or “Captain Kirk,” if Foles is available at all.
2. Denver Broncos
It seems this team has fallen into pieces after Manning’s retirement. Last year, they made a desperate move in the draft for a QB and drafted Paxton Lynch with the 15th pick, and we all know how that went. John Elway may take the safe route this time around and trade, or sign, a Veteran QB over a Rookie QB. The Broncos just recently reportedly offered Kansas City Aqib Talib and a pick. The Broncos have two options for Veteran QBs, Kirk Cousins or Nick Foles, making a Nick Foles trade less likely.
3. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have everything in their hands to build a talented roster but seem always to mess up. They have the picks and the cap space. Maybe there is a curse? In the upcoming NFL Draft, they have two first-round picks and three second-round picks. Foles would most likely be valued a second-round pick or two in the upcoming draft. They could also always draft another rookie using their two picks in the first round adding to the already crowded QB position. I’m sure they’re also looking at a possibly Cousins singing, considering they could give him a monster of a contract with the cap space they have.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags are one trade or sign away from an elite franchise. Imagine a Bortles/Foles fight it out for starting QB scenario. With a highly talented roster through and out, the Jags could easily give up some picks for Foles. Yes, the Jags are reportedly committed to Bortles for next season, but that doesn’t mean Coughlin is looking at other options in the back of his mind. They would also free up cap space if they were to get rid of Bortles. With Foles, this team could easily be an elite franchise and Super Bowl Contender.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
Does anyone know if Wentz will be ready for the start of the season? Would the Eagles want to risk it with a usually less than mediocre backup QB starting Week 1, or would they rather have Nick Foles starting Week 1, of course, if Wentz isn’t ready yet? Wentz is the starting franchise QB; there is no doubt about that. Will Foles want to continue to be a backup after winning the Eagles a Super Bowl and earning the Super Bowl MVP Award? Maybe the Eagles can give him a raise to make him want to stay. If Wentz is hurt more than the Eagles are letting on, the Eagles have some major decisions to make this offseason.
Will Foles return to Arizona where he once played in college or playing for the Super Bowl 50 champions? Will Nick be competing with Bortles for starting QB in Florida, or will he be in the supposedly “cursed” QB position of the Browns? Or will he be starting Week 1 for the Eagles? It will be a fascinating offseason for the Eagles and their backup QB, who just won the Super Bowl MVP.
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Published on 2/12/18 at 4:45 PM EST. Photo credit: Sports Illustrated.Share this post on:
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