Jacksonville Jaguars become immediate contenders for Nick Foles

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John DeFilippo has re-emerged in Jacksonville. Which obviously means that Jacksonville could emerge as a contender for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

DeFilippo, the quarterbacks coach during the Super Bowl run that saw Foles become the MVP of the league’s championship game, knows Foles well, and has had success with him. With Blake Bortles clearly on the outs, the Jags will be looking — and DeFilippo will surely be lobbying for Foles.

For a team that has the talent to contend, a quarterback like Foles could be the answer, especially in light of his views on the importance of relationships and teamwork. The question becomes whether the Jaguars can finagle Foles’ rights, whether it happens through the free agency process or by a trade with the Eagles.

If it’s the latter, the Eagles surely would be happy to comply. They’d love to steer Foles out of the division (the Giants and Washington may be interested), and they won’t see the Jaguars in a regular-season setting until 2022. Whether it’s Jacksonville, Miami, Cincinnati, Denver, or someone else in the AFC, the Eagles would like nothing more than the ensure that Foles won’t resurface in the NFC East.

Maybe that’s where the compromise could happen. Even though it would be an unenforceable side agreement that could get the Eagles in trouble (if anyone were to blab about it), the Eagles and Foles could agree on a wink-nod basis to let Foles walk away as a free agent if he makes it clear that he won’t roll in either direction on I-95 but instead head to a team with which the Eagles doesn’t directly compete.

64 responses to “Jacksonville Jaguars become immediate contenders for Nick Foles

  1. The Jaguars don’t have the cap space to sign anybody, in particular a QB who could ask for Matt Ryan type money or more. Heck he could ask for Rodgers money. In fact, the Jags have to dump contracts just to get under the cap. Unless they unload a whole bunch of star defensive players, there is no way they can get him, and that would defeat the entire purpose of the jaguars going for a QB like Foles. The jags may have to dump offensive lineman too. Not to mention they have huge dead money on Bortles contract when they cut him (nobody is trading for him for that contract).

  2. I can’t help but root for Nick Foles, but I feel like the last 12 months has been fool’s gold… Foles gold, if you will.

  3. DeFilippo was his quarterback coach, and the jury is still out on his coordinating and play calling prowess. I think Jacksonville is eventually going to be the landing spot for Foles, and they could certainly benefit from his leadership and integrity.

  4. Thats pretty obvious, Foles would be a quality starter with the numbers to prove it, by now if Chip Kelly didn’t set his career back about 3 years by tearing the Eagles apart. I am just glad that Foles signed with the Cheifs as a FA instead of going to the Vikings they really missed out on him.

  5. Do a little research. Nick Foles doesn’t care much for John DeFilippo. He wrote a book on his experiences after the Super Bowl win, mentioning everyone from the training staff to the coaches and the impact they had on him that year. Not ONE mention of John DeFilippo. This moreso makes them NON contenders.

  6. Congrats on the DeFilipo hiring and get ready for a horizontal passing game where there are plenty of routes that don’t go past the line of scrimmage.

  7. Or maybe Jacksonville doesn’t try very hard to get him at all. That might say a lot about how DeFilipo feels about Fole’s worth as a full time QB, too. Could be good or bad for Nick.

  8. We will be glad to deal with Jacksonville. We will pick up Foles option for 20 million- he can buy it back for _2 million and we will drop the tag on him. You guys extend Ramsey and give him the raise he is set for and we will swap Foles for Ramsey and Fournette. Problems solved for everyone.

  9. As a long time GB fan, how about a trade, even up, with the Jags? They get Rodgers and his State Farm commercials, and we get a SB MVP.

  10. Except diffilipo had zero to do with foles vikings didnt even make playoffs with diffilipo foles made playoffs and won playoff game without diffilipo

  11. This would make me real nervous as a Jags fan. Both are 50/50 prospects if they join the Jags. DeFilippo was gift wrapped an instant offense in MN and he bungled it. Foles has been great when paired with the right coaches, but has been terrible the other half of the time.

  12. Foles and Antonio brown both end up in Washington.

    We are entering the Dan Snyder spending spree stage in the Ebb and Flow cycle of the garbage pile known as the Redskins. Snyder sees the fans leaving him and knows that they are mad that Bruce Allen is still around (to lobby for his stadium). So this is the stage where he tries to win the fans back by over-spening on free agents that get him as no further than 9-7.

  13. vicnocal says:
    January 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm
    You overestimate this whole “We cant trade him to another team in the division” -this isnt Peyton Manning we are talking about here.

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    Foles isn’t a broken-down Donovan McNabb either.

  14. A year ago it seemed like Blake Bortles had finally gotten the necessary experience to perform at a fairly high level. Then the coach destroyed his confidence in the championship game. A good coach could still make a winner out of Bortles. Imagine what Belichick could do with him. I seriously doubt Foles is going to step into that mess in Jacksonville.

  15. He’s one dropped pass from nearly going legend. Philly would be insane to trade him with the end of seasons Wentz has had the last two years. If he’s not going to kill cap space he has turned out to be a more then adequate “fill in”. No way do I let this guy walk or trade him if at all possible. I really like him as a person too. He is a grateful and respectful man. If you have a problem with Nick Foles you have a problem with yourself.

  16. To the guy who says the trade to a division rival is overrated: you don’t understand the situation in Philly. A ton of people want Foles instead of Wentz. Imagine the PR nightmare if Foles goes to NY and they destroy the Eagles next year. There is NO WAY the Eagles let him go to a division rival. NO WAY.

  17. doggz109 says:
    January 16, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    Foles is this years Case Keenum. Hey knock yourselves out Jags
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    He was a pro bowl QB in his first go with the Eagles, and a superbowl MVP in his next stint. He has shown the ability to be a quality starter over several seasons. He is much better than Keenum.

  18. So take him out of Philly and just drop him in to that Jacksonville offense? You think it’s that easy? No Alshon, no Zach Ertz, no Lane Johnson. Don’t buy it, you can’t just plug and play and expect same results, never happens.

  19. I like Foles, he was the only Eagle who was going to go to the White House last summer.

    Quote from Abe Lincoln, “Do the right when no one else will”

  20. Howie will want a kings ransom for Foles. Coughlin doesn’t negotiate like that. Flip’s early firing with the Vikings puts him at puppet status. Guess who will be in the offensive meetings, good ole Tom.

  21. Foles will be the next Keenum. Remember he was a backup QB for a reason and while he had some success (see Flacco) I wonder if he can be consistent….

  22. “Imagine the PR nightmare if Foles goes to NY and they destroy the Eagles next year. There is NO WAY the Eagles let him go to a division rival. NO WAY.”

    The only way they can stop that is if they tag him if Foles were to exercise his buyout clause. At which point Eagles could get stuck with Foles at 25 mil+ a year or whatever the QB tag will be. With Wentz still on the roster as starter. Doesn’t seem feasible to for the Eagle to cary Foles at that kind of money if no one bites on a trade with him under the tag.

  23. bondlake says:
    January 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    As a long time GB fan, how about a trade, even up, with the Jags? They get Rodgers and his State Farm commercials, and we get a SB MVP.
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    Last I checked, Rodgers was a SB MVP, too. You would think a long time GB fan would know that.

  24. Buyer beware. He’s barely adequate with a beast offensive line, a star TE, and a bunch of #1 WRs. He won’t have any of that in Jax..

  25. All this Foles hype is ridiculous. He’s been in the NFL a long time, and has been good for under 2 complete seasons (one under Chip Kelly, and a handful of games under Pederson). The rest of his time has been riding the pine or failing miserably. Just goes to show how weak the league is at the QB position. He’ll go elsewhere and regress to his mean.

  26. I hope Broncos get Foles; he’s kind of guy with right touch that makes everyone around him play better. Including his defense. Saw similiar vibe with Lamar under center in Baltimore.

  27. The Dolphins…They’d cut Tannehill who has a 26.6 mil cap hit next year after June 1st and absorb 8 and 6 million cap hits in successive years, but they would save 19 million under the cap by cutting him. I think Foles would take 20 mil if he had guaranteed money.

    The Broncos are another possibility….

    Both are AFC as well.

  28. @ llcamino says:

    “Foles and Antonio brown both end up in Washington.”

    Nope – not even close. As per overthecap.com, Washington will have $21 million available in cap space for 2019. There is no way they get Brown OR Foles. Brown wants to go where he can play with good QB talent (Indy and the Jets will have a lot of money to spend). That excludes Washington immediately. Brown could also end up in San Fran, who has a good young QB and a good amount of cap space, as well as the coaching to manage his ego. Brown needs a fresh start, and the Jets, Colts, and Niners are all potential landing spots, but not Washington, bro.

    Foles won’t go to an NFC East opponent, especially a dumpster fire like Washington. The Eagles have him under a $20 million option for 2019, and Foles can opt out for $2 million. Washington could also tag him and trade him, but they are currently over the 2019 current cap limit by roughly $12 million, so they have to do some creative accounting if he somehow stays in Philly (which isn’t likely). Foles has too much respect for the Eagles to go to an NFC East opponent. It is rare in the NFL these days, but Foles is truly a good guy and will work with the Eagles to find himself a new home. The Eagles are likely to trade him IMO, using the franchise tag, and the Eagles will then leverage his market value as much as possible. This certainly excludes both Washington and the NY Giants.

    Jacksonville is currently over their cap space by roughly $3.4 million, but will cut players, restructure deals, and eat dead cap space to get it done if they really want Foles. Keeping Bortles as the Backup for 2019, and then cutting him in 2020 for a “paltry” $5 million in dead money actually makes some sense. Giving Bortles that new contract was a huge mistake, as most would have agreed when they offered it to him. Jacksonville is a solid fit for Foles (especially with DiFilippo now in Jax), The Eagles don’t hurt themselves by trading him to Jax, but Jax will have to pony up players and/or draft picks to land Foles.

  29. Why is it that when people discuss Jared Goff’s horrid rookie year, it was all because of Jeff Fischer yet the year Foles had with the Rams was because ‘ that’s who he is’. Makes zero sense.

    Foles is a top 15 QB all day long.

  30. *Washington could also tag him and trade him, but they are currently over the 2019 current cap limit by roughly $12 million

    *Philly could also tag him and trade him, but they are currently over the 2019 current cap limit by roughly $12 million(not Washington)

  31. Redskins cannot afford him. Let Jacksonville make a play for him so that’s one less QB off the board for the draft.

  32. Last year trade rumors were rampant about Foles, but it was unlikely that he would be traded because Wentz may not be healthy enough to start by the opening day. Turns out he was not. This year, however,he is more likely to move on, because the Eagles did not win the SB, and Wentz would probably be ready by opening day. The Eagles have to decide whether they want Foles as the starting QB or Wentz, because they cannot afford to pay both of them market value and Foles is unlikely to be satisfied to be the back up again. Most people would probably think that the younger Wentz, who had a terrific season in 2017 before getting hurt, would be the obvious choice for Foles. They may be right, but it is not a foregone conclusion. They may keep Foles for at least one more year, pay him starting QB money and then decide who to keep by the end of the 2019 season. Wentz’s rookie contract runs through 2020, so they don’t have to extend him so soon.

  33. Foles would quit before he’d go to Washington/ that whole organization is a farce and he wants comfortable surroundings not a clown show.

  34. I also wouldn’t sleep on Cincinnati for Foles. The Dalton fiasco may be ending now that Lewis is out. They have young RB, good WRs and he may just have a soft landing spot there.

  35. thetooloftools says:
    January 16, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    He’s one dropped pass from nearly going legend.

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    How do you figure? If Alshon catches the pass then the Eagles get a first down near mid field. How is that the making of a “legend”?

  36. I am alone in thinking Joe Flacco could step in now and Jacksonville would not lose it’s window with it’s current roster?

    With Joe at the helm, Jacksonville would see Baltimore next year in the AFC playoffs.

  37. This is shaping up well for Foles & the eagles, lots of teams need quality QB & there aren’t many good prospects coming through the draft- would be surprised if the eagles don’t tag Foles. Tag him, trade him for a 2, he signs an extension- everyone happy

  38. All this Foles hype is ridiculous. He’s been in the NFL a long time, and has been good for under 2 complete seasons (one under Chip Kelly, and a handful of games under Pederson). The rest of his time has been riding the pine or failing miserably. Just goes to show how weak the league is at the QB position. He’ll go elsewhere and regress to his mean.
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    Case Keenum, 2.0.

  39. Jags have no heart. They have physical talent but look what that got you. That team is a bunch of ME and not enough WE. When the chips are down these guys always point the finger and never the thumb. Choose your cliché.

  40. “the Eagles and Foles could agree on a wink-nod basis to let Foles walk away as a free agent if he makes it clear that he won’t roll in either direction on I-95.”

    It’s a longer drive than DC but I-95 eventually gets you straight to Jacksonville. I get what you were trying to say but…

  41. Mark Kitterman says:
    January 17, 2019 at 12:29 am
    I am alone in thinking Joe Flacco could step in now and Jacksonville would not lose it’s window with it’s current roster?

    With Joe at the helm, Jacksonville would see Baltimore next year in the AFC playoffs.
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    You are not alone at all. I think Flacco still has a lot left in the tank and still has one of the top 10 arms in the NFL. He would be cheaper (draft pick wise) than Foles because the Ravens are, theoretically, selling low. Flacco has a far better track record than Foles and has lots of big game experience. I believe he has more playoff road wins than any QB in history, including TB. For a team that’s a QB away from contending Flacco is a great choice.

  42. Jags can’t afford this guy no matter how they acquire him. They already have to cut some of their quality defensive talent just to get back under the cap. Losing draft picks, paying 28 million/year…however it plays out, it will cripple them for another 5 years.

    Foles isn’t even that good.

  43. thesilentshoplifter says:
    January 17, 2019 at 3:57 am
    All this Foles hype is ridiculous. He’s been in the NFL a long time, and has been good for under 2 complete seasons (one under Chip Kelly, and a handful of games under Pederson).
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    I strongly disagree… I have been a fan of his since college and felt he has the skills to be a successful NFL QB. GOod arm, good size smart, not afraid of the big stage. He needs to the pieces around him, and an offense similar to what Reid and Pederson run. Chip Kelly ruined what good he had going on in Philly by trading McCoy and Jackson, and sold out the defense to run more offensive players. You aren’t getting an ELITE QB, but you’re getting someone who can be a quality starter which can go a long way, if you feel you have a team that can contend if you upgrade the QB spot. Like Jax. or the Vikings before signing Cousins.

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