The Jacksonville Jaguars needed a long-term quarterback, and the franchise made their move on Monday, agreeing to terms with former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. The Jags and Foles agreed to a contract offer that will keep Foles in Jacksonville for the next four seasons, paying the 30-year-old $88 million over four years.
The offer turned heads around the NFL, with the Jags making the risky move for Nick Foles. Foles has yet to start more than 11 games in a season, recording just 44 regular season starts in his seven year career. Foles is 26-18 in his 44 starts, including a 4-1 run with the Eagles last season.
Foles statistics are far from overwhelming either. Foles has only throwing for double digit touchdowns in two seasons, and has yet to hit a 3,000+ passing yard season. This has many Jags fans questioning the addition Foles, especially considering the big money deal that was offered.
Following the addition of NIck Foles, Jacksonville plan on releasing their former starter of the last five seasons in Blake Bortles. Bortles has done little to earn the starting role since a breakout year in 2015. By moving on from Bortles, the Jaguars took the big risk on an older quarterback in Nick Foles. Jacksonville will be looking to rediscover Foles form of 2013. That year, Foles was among the elite at his position, throwing for 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions, accumulating 2,891 passing yards in the process.
This looks to be just the beginning of a revamping in Jacksonville. With a lack of productivity on the offensive side of the ball, expect the Jags to focus on bolstering their offense this season. Jacksonville scored just 15.3 points per game last season, the second lowest in the NFL. They will need to give Foles the weapons to work with if they expect to improve on this statistic next season.