Foles in, Bortles out
On Monday the Jaguars made it clear that they have seen enough of Blake Bortles and went ahead and threw big money at Nick Foles to bring him in, but at what cost?
What a crazy start to the 2019 NFL free agency wouldn’t you say? With the first day wrapping up there’s still plenty of other big named players on the move looking for new homes.
We saw Landon Collins get paid big time by the Washington Redskins and yesterday it was also Nick Foles’ turn to get some big money as well. This comes as no surprise, with the salary cap sky rocketing this year and many teams no longer waiting to make a move to get the players they want without having to sweat out any cap concerns.
Several teams should’ve been in the running for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, but seriously, who were the Jaguars betting against?
You need a caliber starting quarterback to have any hope of making a deep post-season run in the NFL–but signing Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract with $50 million guaranteed just seems like a crazy amount of money for Jacksonville to go out throwing on day one.
Time will tell if it was the right signing, but one thing many fans can agree on is that it was finally the time for the Jags to part ways with Blake Bortles. After riding a hot defense a few seasons ago, Bortles came up really short in the 2018 season which made it hard to argue for any positive reasons on why Bortles should return for the 2019 season.
Bortles never improved. Simple as that. Now with Foles stepping into the starting role we will soon find out if the Jags are getting the Nick Foles that the Eagles fans will always remember him for, bringing them their first ever super bowl championship.
Foles has the right tools to win in Jacksonville right now if you’re looking at it on paper. Head coach Doug Marrone has that old school mentality in which he likes to run the football and make opposing offensives challenge his strong defense.
The Jags also got themselves a new offense coordinator, John DeFilippo, who was Foles’ former quarterbacks coach in Philly. Foles “magic” is definitely in the air right now, but when the Jags get in those tough “must-win” situations in the 2019 season, we will all see if it was just a special Philly run or if Foles is indeed the right guy for their future.