It's about time the Jacksonville Jaguars found a decent quarterback.
It's only taken them a decade.
The Jags made a splashy signing at the beginning of free agency by adding former Eagles backup and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. The Jags signed Foles to a four-year deal, worth $88 million, including $50 million in guaranteed money.
While that seems extravagant to sign someone who has never thrown for 3,000 yards, never played a full 16-game season, and was on the brink of quitting football just a few years back, I’m here to tell you that it will be just fine in Jacksonville. In fact, it will be better than fine.
Yes, $50 million guaranteed seems big, and it is. Knowing that however, the Jaguars released five players last week to help free up some cap space, not only for Foles, but other additions as well. They released running back Carlos Hyde, offensive lineman Jeremy Parnell, long-snapper Carson Tinker, and a couple of Pro Bowl defenders in Tashaun Gipson and Malik Jackson. Those moves added $30 million in cap space for the Jaguars to play with.
The Jaguars can spend some money on a free agent or two and use their top pick (7th overall) to either add a weapon at wide receiver, tight end, or more importantly, bolster their offensive line. In 2017, the Jaguars gave up only 24 sacks and averaged over 140 yards per-game rushing. Last year, Jaguars quarterbacks were sacked 53 times while barely breaking 100 ypg on the ground. No quarterback can perform under that kind of duress, let alone a rookie quarterback.
Everyone is all hyped up about this year’s quarterback draft class but the fact is none of these guys, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, etc., have ever played a down in the NFL. These college kids have never set foot in an NFL locker room or experienced the grind of an NFL season. Yes, the new toys are exciting but sometimes you need to sign a wily veteran and that’s what Foles is.
This team is a couple pieces away from being able to contend again for an AFC Championship and Nick Foles is the right guy for Jacksonville to push them over the hump that Blake Bortles never could. This team is in win-now mode and signing Foles and locking him up is the right thing to do.
With the franchise circling the drain after last year's embarrassing debacle, the Jaguars signed Foles just in the Nick of time!