Nick Foles In Bortles Out?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:35 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 6:35 PM UTC

Free Agency frenzy is underway and while there are plenty of eye-popping moves taking shape, we’re shining the spotlight on a particularly special move. Nick Foles and his imminent move to the Sunshine State for a purported four-year mega deal offer by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Deal with Nick Foles

Nick Foles In, Bortles Out? The ink isn’t dry yet. Heck, pen to paper has yet to occur. Free Agency officially opens on Wednesday, but the football world is aflutter with activity as all and sundry are weighing in with their two cents about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ reported bid for Nick Foles. The overriding consensus is the Jaguars overpaid for a mediocre quarterback. Ouch!

Saint Nick, as he became fondly known in Philadelphia following his out-of-nowhere run to SuperBowl MVP two seasons ago, is set to sign with the Jaguars for a four-year $88 million deal, including a 50.2 million in guarantees. That’s no chump change.

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Curiously, this follows merely a year after the Jaguars penned Bortles to a three-year and $54 million extension. That brings up the fact that the Jaguars will have to swallow just over $15 million on account of this move at the quarterback position if Bortles is out. So either they have a lot of funny money to splash about or their money management is a shambles. Not sure which deal is worse, paying a lot of money for a Super Bowl winning quarterback or throwing money away on a quarterback last year you never were really sure about to begin with.

The Deal With Nick

Is this the worst move of the Free Agency? A mistake? A massively overpriced blunder of a mistake that will be proven over the course of a 16-game season in 2019-2020. The question many are pondering on the heels of this breaking bit of news is whether the Jaguars are investing in a significant upgrade or whether Foles is merely a marginal upgrade on Bortles.

That’s the main criticism against Foles in football betting circles and amongst football betting experts. The belief that he can’t withstand the pressures of the long game. He’s unproven as a starter and leader over the course of a full season-cycle of 16 hard-hitting, grit-testing, pulse-thumping games. Others point to his maddening inconsistent play. When he’s on, he’s spectacular. When he’s off, he’s shambolic.

But the same criticism can be levied against many a quarterback in the league. The game isn’t just about the quarterback, but the players around him as well. It’s a team sport. Look at Aaron Rodgers. His quality is undeniable but without a solid team around him on both sides of the ball he can’t do it alone as evinced the last three or four seasons.

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Consider in this move to Jacksonville, Nick Foles will be reunited with John Defilippo, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars. Defilippo was the quarterback coach during Philly’s magical run to Super Bowl glory and having the pair working together in Jacksonville will probably be fruitful for both. Foles works well in familiar and structured system that works to bring out the best in him.

Another positive for Foles is the respect that he is able to command in the locker room. He is a genuinely nice guy and players love him. We saw that during last season’s playoff run when Chris Long made a shrine for Nick in the locker room.

More importantly – the only thing that truly matters, which is difficult to measure in a quantifiable way – Nick Foles is a Super Bowl champion. The Philly Special that proved to be the best-ever backup in the history of football and, expressly, the Philadelphia franchise.

Whatever the naysayers say, nobody can take away from Saint Nick what he did over the New England Patriots no less in 2017. Time will tell whether this deal proves to be the worst deal ever or a stroke of genius. Foles did prove everyone wrong two years ago. He could do so again. Watch this space.


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