Nick Foles is on borrowed time.
With the maligned QB sitting out voluntary OTAs and coach Jeff Fisher offering nebulous remarks as to his status, it looks like Nick Foles will not be with the Los Angeles Rams when the 2016 season begins this Fall.
It started last week, according to Fox Sports, with Jeff Fisher addressing the media as to Nick Foles’ whereabouts during camp.
“As it was correctly reported this morning. He has not been here or participated in the offseason program since the draft. I’ve had conversations with Nick and [we’re] on the same page. And we’re trying to work things out. And that’s pretty much all I can say.”
He then followed that up by basically telling reporters that the Rams and Foles were “sorting things out” which could easily be interpreted that Nick will soon be traded.
“I think Nick has the feeling that if things stay the same he’s probably not going to be on the roster. But beyond that it was more of a mutual thing, not that we said don’t come. It was just, ‘Hey coach I’d just rather stay away until we get things worked out.’ And I said I’m fine with that. It had nothing to do with being disappointed. It has to do with the business side of our game right now.”
So with the obvious out of the way, the question then shifts to where Nick Foles will be traded to. Benjamin Allbright from CBS Sports flagged two possible landing spots for Foles, one that included a reunion with his former coach, Chip Kelly.
If (when) Foles is released by the Rams, likely destinations include San Fran & AZ
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) June 3, 2016
The Foles to San Fransisco rumor makes sense in that Nick enjoyed career numbers when he played under Chip Kelly. In 2013, Foles threw for 27 TDs to just two INTs and effectively made himself into a premier quarterback that teams wanted to acquire. After Kelly traded for Sam Bradford in 2015, Foles was shipped off to the Rams, who just traded up to draft Jared Goff with the number one pick. Foles’ time with the Rams was disappointing at best, as he was replaced in the lineup during the 2015 campaign with Case Keenum, due to his inability to perform on the field.
But with San Fransisco’s quarterback situation in limbo, and their current starter Colin Kaepernick demanding a trade, it would make sense if Foles ended up slinging passes there as a potential starter. The only other option for Chip, assuming Kaepernick gets dealt, is journeyman Blaine Gabbert.
The other destination Allbright mentioned was another NFC West team, the Arizona Cardinals. And while that move might seem like it comes out of left field, SB Nation’s Revenge of the Birds thinks it makes a lot of sense.
“He fits the physical profile Bruce Arians likes. He is 6-5 and weighs over 240 pounds. He has a strong arm. Foles has put up some good numbers against the Cardinals, so Arians has seen what Foles can do firsthand, including a performance in 2014 of over 400 yards against Arizona. Foles has beaten the Cardinals twice in four starts.”
Finally, the other rumored location for Foles is with the New York Jets, who have a vacant quarterback slot with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick continuing to hold out for a new contract. And while coach Todd Bowles is simply treating Fitzpatrick’s absence like an injury, the time is running short for him to either re-up with the Jets – the only team that can guarantee him a starting job – or move on. With Geno Smith the only other option, Nick Foles could provide the kind of leadership Fitzpatrick was able to deliver.
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