Foles expected to sign with Jags

Ruben Hill
March 4, 2019

Bortles completed 60.3 percent of his passes and threw for 13 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions, for Jacksonville last season. They aren't in a long-term rebuild situation - they came very close to facing the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, blowing a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead over the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, but they slid to 5-11 last season, after a 3-1 start. Once word got out that Foles would reportedly sign with the Jaguars, I think most people were smart enough to realize they wouldn't sign a new starter and keep Bortles.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said last week the team was evaluating the quarterback position and Bortles remained "in the mix" to be its starter. The Eagles beat the Chicago Bears in an NFC first-round playoff game, then lost in the divisional round to the New Orleans Saints; Foles started both games as Wentz was sidelined with a back injury.

When free agency officially opens later this month, the Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be the only team that will go after quarterback Nick Foles, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Jacksonville is expected to release the 26-year-old quarterback, according to a report from ESPN. At the same time Bortles was benched, the team also fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

However, if the Jaguars are iffy about grooming someone like Lock or Grier as a franchise quarterback, putting all their eggs in one basket like they did in Bortles, there may be a Day 2 prospect they do like. With Foles starting, they were 4-1 to finish 9-7, advancing to the playoffs. Getting $6.5 million no matter what must make losing your job a hell of a lot easier to swallow.

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