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Nick Foles Signs with Jaguars

By: Caleb J. Duncan

Ian Rapoport has reported that former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback, and Superbowl Champion, Nick Foles will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a four-year deal worth $88 million.

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With $50 million guaranteed it’s clear that Jacksonville is all in on Foles, 30, who stepped up for the Eagles during the 2017-18 season after their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, was lost on the season due to a torn ACL.

Foles won the SuperBowl MVP that year and took over the starting role last season when Wentz went down again with a back injury. He took the Eagles through the Wild Card round, beating the Chicago Bears, before falling to the Los Angeles Rams who would go on to play in the SuperBowl.

Foles was originally drafted by Philadelphia, but spent time with the Rams (St. Louis) and Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the Eagles and reviving his career.

Many thought the Eagles would place a franchise tag on Foles to protect him in the event that Carson Wentz’s injuries became a pattern, but they opted to not hold on to Foles and allowed him to test free agency where they knew there would be a big market for him.

It’s clear that Nick Foles and the Eagles are ending things on good terms as the team has been highly appreciative how his help during his tenure there.

Nick Foles catches the football in the end zone in what would later become known as The Philly Special during Superbowl LII. Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports

While the success of Nick Foles has come solely during seasons when he had to step up after an injury (as opposed to being a starter), the Jaguars are hoping that he can provide the same spark he gave the Eagles the past few seasons.

It is expected that Blake Bortles will be released once the signing is official. Bortles has largely been a disappointment for Jacksonville. He seems to have been able to coast by due to stellar defensive play and former playmakers on offense like Allen Robinson (who left after tearing his ACL).

While the Jaguars almost made the Superbowl in 2017, the season was book ended by two 3-13 seasons. It appears the 2017 season in which Bortles played well was somewhat of a fluke. Last season, Bortles had 13 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 60.3% completion rate.

Bortles will finish his time in Jacksonville with 103 touchdowns, 75 interceptions and a 59.3% completion rate.

Bringing Foles into Jacksonville will pair him with new quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo who spent a couple of seasons in Philadelphia during the Superbowl run.


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