Jacksonville Jaguars should refrain from signing familiar face in QB Nick Foles

Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles (7) enters the field.
Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles (7) enters the field. / Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles' days as a starting quarterback may be over but he's savvy enough to be a solid backup. In fact, there are a few teams the Super Bowl 52 MVP could help after being released by the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Jacksonville Jaguars currently have great stability at the quarterback position due to the presence of Trevor Lawrence and aren't among the teams that could use Foles' services.

Indy announced that they were releasing Foles, effectively making him a free agent. A third-round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, the Arizona product has also suited up for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chicago Bears, and in case you forgot it (or didn't want to remember), the Jags back in 2019.

Since 2013, Foles has appeared in 71 games with 28 starts. He's completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 14,227 yards with 82 touchdowns and 47 interceptions. In his lone season in Jacksonville, the Texas native had a completion rate of 65.8 percent for 736 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Injuries and ineffectiveness led to his benching and the rise of rookie Gardner Minshew, who signed with the Colts in free agency and may open the season as the starter.

Nick Foles doesn't bring many positives to the Jacksonville Jaguars

As noted before, Foles may no longer be a solid option at quarterback but he can come off the bench and run an offense for a few games in case the starter goes down. There's a good chance that clubs in need of a backup will get on the phone with him. Maybe the Jaguars will do due diligence given his connection with Doug Pederson, who was his head coach when Philly won the Super Bowl. However, there are many reasons why it wouldn't make sense.

Leaving aside that Foles has entered the journeyman stage of his career, it's hard to see the benefits of signing him. You could argue that he could help Trevor Lawrence with his preparation but that's a role C.J. Beathard has filled in nicely over the last two years.

Speaking of Beathard, he just re-signed with the Jaguars earlier this year and the gap between him and Foles may not be as wide now as it may have been five years ago. So as the saying goes, the Jags might as well go with the devil they know instead of bringing in someone who might be a marginal upgrade at best.

Foles can't even provide intel about the Colts because the coaching staff he played for was shown the door and Shane Steichen is now calling the shots. Last but not least, Foles' short stint in Duval left a sour taste, and may not be welcome back again, even though it's been four years since he signed a long-term deal worth $88 million that the team's brass quickly regretted giving him.

Simply, the negatives outweigh the positives when it comes to signing Foles. Maybe other teams could use him but not the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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