Would the New England Patriots consider a deal to add Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles to their quarterback room to replace Tom Brady in 2020?
Ok, it’s out there. it’s unlikely, but it’s out there. Since the news of Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots is the biggest thing to happen on St. Patrick’s Day in some time, media outlets are scrambling to predict who will replace the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL. From the Jacksonville Jaguars standpoint, it could a situation that pays off for them this coming season.
Could Nick Foles step in to replace the legend?
It’s a far-fetched proposition given the talent that is on the free-agent market, but it was brought up by Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, as he listed potential replacements. Foles was on the list, but not as prominent as others who are testing free agency as we speak. Could Bill Belichick replace one Super Bowl-winning quarterback with another one who more than likely sits on the bench this coming season in Jacksonville?
"“The Patriots are well aware what Foles is capable of at his best, considering he beat them in the Super Bowl a couple years ago,” Rosenblatt writes. “He’s always been quarterback that needs to be in a situation catered to his skillset. He needs a smart coaching staff (which the Patriots have), a good offensive line (also true), weapons at wide receiver (not quite) and tight end (definitely not). The Patriots still have moves to make, but Foles still wouldn’t be a bad option.”"
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According to multiple sources, Foles’ name has been mentioned in potential trade discussions with the Chicago Bears as the team looks to find an alternative to Mitchell Trubisky, who has fallen out of favor in the Windy City. Foles has ties to the Bears organization and has worked with the team’s head coach Matt Nagy in Kansas City and with their quarterback coach John DeFilippo in both Philadelphia and Jacksonville.
Working out a deal for Foles is not as easy as other potential quarterbacks on Rosenblatt’s list. The $22M price tag is a staggering number. Also, he comes off a season where he was injured in the first game of the season and returned in Week 11, only to look rusty and immobile. Rookie Gardner Minshew took over for the veteran on two occasions this past season and looked more confident in the Jaguars offense than the man they brought in to try to bring playoff fever back to North Florida.
Foles did not win a game in Jacksonville last season that he started. All six wins in 2019 were credited to Minshew.
If the Jaguars are to part ways with Foles, it would have to come via trade as the team that makes the deal picks up the remaining $22M in guaranteed money this season. Releasing him would leave the team with $34M in dead cap space. Jacksonville has been busy this offseason releasing or trading high-priced veterans to clear cap room to make moves in free agency this week.