Giants fans of the belief the team should move on from quarterback Eli Manning are down another option.
Nick Foles is expected sign with the Jaguars once free agency officially begins next week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Eagles announced last week they will not franchise tag the Super Bowl MVP, allowing him to become a free agengt, who brought the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia last year after he replaced injured quarterback Carson Wentz toward the end of that season.
Foles once again replaced an injured Wentz during the 2018 season and helped rejuvenate the offense, ultimately leading the Eagles to the a Wild Card weekend victory over the Bears before losing to the Saints the next week.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman essentially committed to Manning behind center in 2019 at the NFL Combine last week, but also left the door open to other possibilities. Foles hitting the market created the possibility that New York could pursue his services to replace the embattled 15-season veteran, or at least for competition purposes before finiding a trade partner. NJ.com reported earlier this month Foles would “probably” have interest in the Giants if he were to become a free agent.
When Foles was thrust into the starting role two seasons ago, Wentz was playing like a MVP but tore his ACL. That opened the door for Foles’ historic run to the podium and a 41-33 Super Bowl win over the Patriots.
As Wentz’s knee recovered, Foles started the first two games of last season before waiting until Week 15 to take over again, when he and the Eagles ripped off three consecutive victories to earn a postseason berth prior to upsetting the Bears in the first round. Including the playoffs, the 30-year-old completed 184 passes for 1,880 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games. Nonetheless, it appears Philadelphia is sticking with the franchise quarterback it took with the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, despite Foles’ heroics in back-to-back season.
Jacksonville certainly makes sense as Foles’ landing spot, especially after the Blake Bortles benching last season.
Foles can formally begin negotiations with the Jaguars on March 11 and can sign as early as March 13.