Jaguars: Teams that could trade for QB Nick Foles

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 01: Nick Foles #7 and Gardner Minshew #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars warm-up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at TIAA Bank Field on December 01, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

If there is some way the Jacksonville Jaguars can trade quarterback Nick Foles this offseason, then the team should listen to all potential offers.

If a team picked up the phone and called Jaguars general manager David Caldwell with a potential trade offer for quarterback Nick Foles, he would be crazy not to listen.

It would be very difficult for the Jaguars, who signed Foles to a four-year, $88 contract prior to last season, to make a deal they would be financially free of the $22 million he has owed this coming season. But that doesn’t mean a trade offer is impossible.

Jacksonville has the luxury of two quarterbacks who can start at a moment’s notice. Most teams struggle with just one who can perform consistently. I believe that’s going to make Jacksonville at least part of the conversation when teams look at free agency and realize they may not be able to sign a signal-caller in March.

Its possible Jaguars would wind up having to trade a draft pick to a team to help relieve some of the financial burdens, much like the Brock Osweiler trade in 2017.

Foles hasn’t been written off or out of the Jaguars’ plans for the upcoming season. He remains in contention for the starting job. Nothing has been handed to Gardner Minshew yet. One of the reasons head coach Doug Marrone was so excited about bringing in offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was his ability to work with veteran quarterbacks and help young ones continue to develop.

Gruden figures to have a major say in who opens under center for the first game of 2020.

For the purposes of the story, let’s concentrate on a trade that would free up cap space for this organization. Jaguars could find at least one team ready to play, “Let’s Make A Deal.” Here is a look at six teams I think could show interest as we get closer to free agency and the NFL Draft.

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