Trading Nick Foles has been a hot topic with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It may help with cap space, but it may also cause a few issues this season.
If all of the latest discussions regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars attempt to trade quarterback Nick Foles is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean the team’s situation at the most important position on the football field will be better.
The one thing the Jaguars front office has talked about since the decision was made to bring back general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone, has been the depth under center and the blessings this front office has had with two players who can start in this league.
Determining Gardner Minshew is the best player to help this team moving forward might be the right decision, like me and countless other writers have discussed, but a trade of Foles, who is owed over $22M this season from Jacksonville, leaves a few issues to be resolved.
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Here are a few things to consider.
Who Makes The Call?
First and the one that many fans and local media are asking, which team will make an offer. To further that discussion, which teams can afford to take on that kind of salary? The question is a simple one – only a few NFL teams have that kind of luxury.
The most obvious choice is the Indianapolis Colts, which makes sense since the team is still not sold on Jacoby Brissett moving forward. Also, a reunion of Foles and Frank Reich, who was his offensive coordinator in Philadelphia is a conversation to be had.
The Colts have over $86M to spend this offseason.
Do The Jaguars Sign a Backup?
Trading Foles would leave the Jaguars Minshew and Joshua Dobbs on the roster. Dobbs, who came over last season for a fifth-round pick from Pittsburgh, is a player the team likes, but we have not seen him in live-action.
I don’t see the Jaguars drafted a quarterback this season unless someone falls into the fourth round or lower the team likes. No, it does not create controversy for Minshew. But the team should explore the option of signing a veteran to a modest deal to be the second option.
One More Thing to Consider
It appears the Jaguars are in another rebuilding plan with several veterans possibly on the move. The team must also try to work out the Yannick Ngakoue situation. The Colts could be in the market to trade fro Ngakoue as well. Could a deal for Foles and Ngakoue – which would be over $40M in salary be beneficial for the Jaguars AFC South rival?
Also, would Jacksonville really consider a trade to a team in the division knowing both Foles and Ngakoue face Jacksonville twice a year?
I think a deal with Foles and the Colts is a real possibility. I see Ngakoue’s decision carrying over a bit longer. The front office must make moves soon to get ahead of free agency and the NFL Draft.