Nick Foles went from hero in Philadelphia as the backup quarterback to the starter in Jacksonville this offseason. Now, we'll see how he does away from the Eagles. In Philadelphia, Foles led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in 2017 when Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL, and he led Philadelphia into the playoffs last season when Wentz went down with a back injury. Foles won't need an injury to get on the field this season after he signed with the Jaguars in March to be their starter, but he's just a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in most formats. He has limited weapons in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars will be a run-first team. He's only worth drafting with a mid- to late-round pick in two-quarterback leagues.
Foles rejoined the Jaguars on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Foles missed a couple days of practice due to an unfortunate family situation. He's now back with the Jaguars for OTAs.
Foles did not participate in practice Tuesday due to personal reasons and has no timetable for a return, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. It's unclear what has led to Foles being excused from OTAs. Without Foles, the Jaguars have the opportunity to get more looks at rookie Gardner Minshew at quarterback along with Tanner Lee and Alex McGough, who signed contracts near the end of last season.
Foles is signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Foles to the Jaguars connection has been rumored since early in the offseason, but now it appears a deal will be made official once the new league year begins. The money and duration of the contract suggests that the Jaguars view Foles as a long-term solution, which should end speculation of the team using an early draft pick on quarterback. Foles completed 72 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and four interceptions over five games with the Eagles in 2018.
Foles is expected to sign with Jacksonville when the new league year opens next week, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Among quarterback-needy teams, Jacksonville is one of the few that seems to prefer a veteran over a rookie. Denver is the other team that stands out, but Foles isn't a fit now that the Broncos have an agreement in place to acquire Joe Flacco. It's expected the Jaguars will release fellow quarterback Blake Bortles, despite owing him $6.5 million in guaranteed 2019 base salary even if he isn't on the roster. Jacksonville isn't a good spot for Foles to establish fantasy value, as the team lacks a dominant pass catcher and presumably hopes to win games on the basis of its talented defense and rushing attack.
The Eagles won't use their franchise tag on Foles this offseason, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The decision officially sets Foles free and will allow him to hit unrestricted free agency in March. There's no question there will be a strong market for the former Super Bowl MVP, who should at least get the opportunity to compete for a starting role wherever he lands.
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