Veteran quarterback Nick Foles is a free agent, and the rumor mill has been on fire since the 27-year-old has been on the open market.
Foles requested to be released by the Los angeles Rams on Wednesday, which the team honored, as they plan on going forward with No. 1 overall draft selection Jared Goff and Case Keenum. Foles had signed a two-year extension after being acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford prior to last season. The 6-foot-4, 244-pounder reportedly agreed to take a reduction of $75o,000 (from $1.75 million-to-$1 million) in his guaranteed money in order to secure his release
Rams release QB Nick Foles
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) July 27, 2016
Following his release, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweeted that Foles will likely to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, or the Dallas Cowboys.
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) July 28, 2016
However, Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News is reporting that about 10 teams are currently doing their “due-diligence” on Foles, though Vic Carucci of Buffalo News says the Bills are apparently not one of those teams.
Despite reports to the contrary, #Bills aren't among teams interested in signing Nick Foles, from what I've been told.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) July 28, 2016
The Denver Broncos also are believed not to interested in Foles according to The Inquisitr. And with Ryan Fitzpatrick finally agreeing to a contract, the New York Jets are likely out of the mix as well.
Wolfson added that no deal is close to happening, and it will likely be a few days before any deal is ratified. Foles is seeking a one or two-year deal.
Foles opened the 2015 campaign as the Rams starter, but he ranked among the worst quarterbacks and was benched after St. Louis managed just 41 points in a four-week period, dropping their record to 4-7 on the season. Last season, Foles completed 190-of-337 passes for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns. Foles was so bad, Kevin Patra of the NFL Network had this to say.
“He completed just 56.4 percent of his throws, threw 10 interceptions, struggled to read defenses, made mind-numbingly terrible decisions and was annoyingly obnoxious to watch on the field. It got so bad last season, Fisher benched Foles for journeyman Case Keenum.”
Keenum heads into training camp atop the Rams depth chart, per ESPN, though it is expected Goff will eventually displace the 28-year-old as starter sometime. Keenum posted a 3-2 record as starter last year as he completed 60.8 percent of his passes, threw four touchdowns and one interception Sean Mannion and Dylan Thompson are also in camp for Los Angeles.
"Goff has made significant gains from OTAs until now." #RamsCamp
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) July 29, 2016
Despite his poor season, Foles is garnering attention because of his size and starting experience. He also possesses a 19-16 career record as a starter, tossing 53 touchdown passes and 27 interceptions.
So, where will Foles land?
The Dallas Cowboys seem the most logical choice. The Cowboys are expected to contend for a playoff spot after making some solid additions and the return to health for Tony Romo. Romo only appeared in four games last year and Dallas went 1-11 without their veteran starter. Currently, Kellen Moore, 2016 fourth-round draft pick Dak Prescott, and first-year pro Jameill Showers are slated to backup Romo. Moore, who is entering his fifth season, has appeared in three career games and has attempted just 104 career passes.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) July 28, 2016
Minnesota is set with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter. Thirty-six-year-old Shaun Hill is an experienced and capable backup, but Foles would l be an upgrade. Plus, Taylor Heinicke is out for three months after tearing a tendon in his right ankle.
Ryan Tannehill is entrenched as starter for the Miami Dolphins. But the Dolphins’ only other quarterbacks on the roster are veteran Matt Moore, along with youngsters, Zac Dysert and Brandon Doughty. Moore, 31, has appeared in just six games and thrown 30 passes over the past four seasons, completing 16 of those throws for 219 yards.
The Washington Post believes that the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs should also consider adding Foles.
San Francisco appears intent on letting Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kappernick battle for the starting quarterback job. A 2016 sixth round draft choice, Jeff Driskel, and journeyman Thad Lewis are also on the roster. The big questions for the 49ers are what will they do if Gabbert or Kappernick gets injured in training camp and whether San Francisco would release loser of the quarterback?
Kansas City has Alex Smith as its starter, but none of the three other quarterbacks on the roster — Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray and rookie Kevin Hogan — has thrown a regular season pass. Plus, head coach Andy Reid demanded the Eagles select Foles when he was in Philadelphia.
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