Will Nick Foles be a member of the Rams in 2016?

AP

As the Broncos continue to turn over each and every stone in search of a potential quarterback to compete with Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, here’s a name that hasn’t been mentioned: Rams quarterback Nick Foles.

On one hand, Foles already has earned a $6 million roster bonus for 2016, and his $1.75 million base salary for the coming year is fully guaranteed. On the other hand, there’s a sense that Foles has been tabbed as the odd man out, with Case Keenum, Sean Mannion, and whoever the Rams draft filling out the primary three spots on the depth chart for the first year back in L.A.

One source with knowledge of the dynamics already has predicted that Foles likely will be gone by the start of training camp, and that he definitely will not be on the team before Week One.

So why haven’t the Rams already moved on? For starters, the $6 million roster bonus was fully guaranteed as of last year. The only extra obligation arising from keeping Foles into March 2016 came from the base salary. If Foles is traded, the base salary goes with him.

The financial circumstances could make Foles attractive as a trade candidate. At a time, for example, when the Broncos unsuccessfully are squeezing 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to take only $7 million this year, the Broncos could get Foles for exactly 25 percent of that amount.

Yes, the deal comes with $4.5 million in incentives. But if Foles does whatever he needs to do to earn those amounts, that’s presumably good news for his new team.

The bigger problem comes from 2017, when Foles’ salary shoots to $10.75 million. So it would be a one-year arrangement under the current deal.

Another problem comes from the fact that Foles simply wasn’t very good last year. Which is likely one of the reasons the Broncos haven’t kicked tires on the possibility of acquiring him.

From the Rams’ perspective, it’s likely that they’ll squat on Foles unless and until they draft a quarterback later this month. Once that happens, with maybe a free-falling Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch becoming the next potential Roman Gabriel, John Hadl, Pat Haden, Vince Ferragamo, or Jim Everett, Foles will be adding a new city to a travel itinerary that has taken him from Philly to St. Louis to L.A. in the last 13 months.

26 responses to “Will Nick Foles be a member of the Rams in 2016?

  1. Elway and Kube, with over 60 years of quarterbacking, coaching, and executive experience, appreciate the help. I kind of expected they have a plan A, B, C, and D in place for that position, but I’m sure they appreciate the advice from someone who never played the game. As Rodney always did. 🙂

  2. How about another qb who has not been mentioned? One who is only getting paid $8MM a year, getting quite “long in the tooth,” is a proven winner, and plays for a team notorious for dumping/trading players at the end of their careers. Ladies and Gentlemen, I suggest Tom Brady to be added to the conversation.

  3. Foles is better than every QB named in this story and would outplay any rookie in this year’s draft, for at least the next year, until the rookies learn the pro game.

  4. The Broncos have Mark Sanchez and you are thinking they might add Nick Foles? If you wanted a QB several years removed from his only good season why not sign RGIII? Nick Foles is not very good. Denver needs someone who can take care of the football (which is why Sanchez boggles the mind) and if you really want Foles why not wait until he gets cut after the draft? And Kaepernick has a lot of money due to him; he should not give it back just because the 49ers are unhappy that he signed the contract they put in front of him.

  5. Foles was doing fine last year for the Rams until their offensive linemen started getting injured. Four games into the season he was completing 65% of his passes with a 5 to 1 TD/INT rate. He’s not a great QB, but with a decent line in front of him and a offensive coordinator who understands his limitations he can win games.

  6. Foles’ only good year (in 2013) came with a strong offensive line that played every game together, LeSean McCoy having a monster season and DeSean Jackson having arguably the most productive season of his career. So all Foles had to do to succeed was to not screw things up too badly. On a bad team, Foles is a bad quarterback. That can probably be said for most NFL quarterbacks. Foles isn’t someone that’s going to propel a team to a championship by himself.

  7. Foles has some talent, but something just isn’t working for him.

    Rams need to draft another QB… but something else is holding that offense back.

    Not sure if it’s Fisher’s philosophy or the various OC’s, or ownership picking a certain style that is pigeonholing every coaching hire into the same disaster.

    Whatever it is, it needs to change. It’s too late for Foles in STL, he needs to go somewhere else and try to pick up the pieces.

  8. newsletterczar says:
    Apr 10, 2016 10:46 AM
    The Broncos have Mark Sanchez and you are thinking they might add Nick Foles? If you wanted a QB several years removed from his only good season why not sign RGIII? Nick Foles is not very good. Denver needs someone who can take care of the football (which is why Sanchez boggles the mind) and if you really want Foles why not wait until he gets cut after the draft? And Kaepernick has a lot of money due to him; he should not give it back just because the 49ers are unhappy that he signed the contract they put in front of him.

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    RG3 has already been signed by the Browns.

  9. rosloe62 says:
    Apr 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    They are the Rams. It doesn’t matter what they do. They will still suck.
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    Signed(Rosloe62) a fan who knows nothing about the Rams.

  10. The Rams have relocated back to LA and are looking for a franchise QB to grab the LA public’s attention. Someone to rally around. Foles is not that attention grabbing QB, Keenum and Mannion aren’t either. The Rams will be looking to draft that QB in this years draft, even if they have to move up to do it.

    The Broncos want Kaepernick. I’m not sure that will work out. Kubiak doesn’t like his QB to run, and part of Kap game is to have the green light to run. Kap needs to be able run, it’s part of his game.

    Foles to the Broncos would be more than a stop gap. Trading for Mike Glennon would be a better option.

    For the Cowboys, getting Foles or Glennon would be a huge plus. If Romo went down, both QB have already been starting QB in the NFL.

    One team’s surplus, is another teams treasure!

  11. Keenum needs to be given the chance to continue and improve upon his 3-1 December which if not for a blocked FG would have ended 4-0. The offensive stats jolted up with him at QB. Did anyone see his game in Seattle, where he threaded the needle against that pass defense and beat the Seahawks at home while they were moving into postseason? I know the Rams did. They agree with me.

    Meanwhile Foles took the team to 4-8. No team wants him. Right now he’s just a backup. Keenum took them from there to 7-9, a big sudden improvement considering the previous several years of offensive futility.

  12. oregonraider says:

    Everyone here slams Chip Kelly, but didn’t he make Foles look pretty good?

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    And then he got rid of their most talented players, and Foles suddenly looked mediocre.

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