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Rumors: Foles interested in Jaguars?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 14, 2019 - 7:32 am

There is one less quarterback available, and one less team that needs one, now that Joe Flacco is reportedly being traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos. 

In some ways that is bad news for both the Eagles and Nick Foles as their eventual split plays out. The Eagles now have one less team to potentially trade Foles too, and for Foles, there is one less team for him to consider as a free agent. 

The good news is that the team everyone has projected Foles too is starting to seem more-and-more like a reality.

Here is what NFL Insider Mike Garafolo had to say on the NFL Network recently about Foles and the Jaguars, via Bleeding Green Nation:

Slightly. My understanding is that Denver had done a little bit of work on Nick Foles, but not a lot of work on Nick Foles. And now we know it’s because it was a fallback plan should the Joe Flacco situation not work out for them. So, I really didn’t see them as an aggressive [suitor]. So, now everybody’s making the connection to Jacksonville for Foles, and it’s an obvious one. And I do believe they are interested there, and there’s going to be mutual interest. And that’s the key. I mean, some of these other places that are going to open up for Nick Foles, I don’t know that he’s going to have a lot of interest in those spots. I do believe Denver would’ve been intriguing for him because it’s a roster with a good amount of talent and a good situation. But that was not going to be reciprocated by Denver. So, I don’t see a great impact on Nick Foles. Had the Broncos been a reasonable destination for him, I think that would’ve been viewed as a bonus on his end. Now we look to some of the shrinking spots for Nick Foles, a lot of people are talking about Miami as a possibility, I just don’t see that as a possibility for Nick Foles right now. So, it looks like “destination: Jacksonville” right now in large part because the [Eagles] certainly want to make sure he doesn’t end up in the division, with the Giants or the Redskins.

A main selling point for Foles in Jacksonville would be the Jaguars hiring of John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator. Foles played arguably his best football with DeFilippo as the quarterback coach, winning Super Bowl LII. Foles has stressed he wants to sign with a team that he feels comfortable with, and DeFilippo could bring him that reassurance.   

The Jaguars are coming off of an incredibly disappointing season, as a year that started with hopes of a Super Bowl title ended with sitting at home in the playoffs. Quarterback Blake Bortles is part of the reason why, and after being benched midway through the season, there is a strong chance he is not back in Jacksonville. If the Jaguars’ defense can  return to it’s 2017 form, the Jaguars could be back to being a contender very soon — especially with Foles at quarterback. The issue with the Jaguars is cap space, as they are currently $7 million over the salary cap, but they do have plenty of ways to clear up the cash to bring in Foles. 

Now that DeFilippo is there, you have to wonder if the Jaguars will make an extra push to bring Foles in -- or if the Eagles will be able to pull of a trade that landed them an asset in return. 

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