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3 reasons why Nick Foles to the New York Jets makes sense

Vincent Frank

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Veteran quarterback Nick Foles pretty much remains a man without a role. The New York Jets must find a veteran backup for rookie No. 2 pick Zach Wilson with less-heralded players, James Morgan and Mike White, as the only other quarterbacks’ on their roster. It stands to reason that the former Super Bowl MVP could be targeted by the Jets. Here’s three reasons why it makes sense.

Nick Foles is a perfect fit as a backup for the New York Jets

There’s a reason New York has not brought in an established starter since trading away former top-10 pick Sam Darnold. The team has given the keys to its offense to the aforementioned Wilson. First-year head coach Robert Saleh is not in the business of creating competition at that spot. He wants a Day 1 starter. The BYU product will be said starter out of the gate.

Foles, 32, will not be a threat to what Wilson is attempting to do as a rookie. Rather, he’d come in and be the unquestioned No. 2 quarterback and veteran presence ahead of the wide-eyed gunslinger. As someone who has outplayed the likes of Tom Brady in big games during his career, Foles would be the perfect tutor.

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Nick Foles makes sense from a financial perspective

nick foles makes perfect sense for the new york jets
Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws a pass before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After restructuring his contract following a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Chicago Bears back in March of 2020, Foles is making backup money right now. In fact, the veteran signal caller is set to count a combined $8 million against the cap for an acquiring team over the next two seasons. There’s also an out on his contract following the 2021 campaign with a mere $2 million dead cap hit.

Sure the Jets are $30.59 million under the cap — the second-highest total in the NFL. In no way does this mean general manager Joe Douglas and Co. want to exhaust much more on a backup quarterback. Rather, the idea is to have a nice amount of that transition to the 2022 offseason when the Jets plan to be more active in free agency.

The Chicago Bears will practically give away Nick Foles

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Dec 6, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) practices before the game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s another component to all of this. Free-agent signing Andy Dalton is slated to be the Bears’ starting quarterback come Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams. Rookie first-round pick Justin Fields will ultimately be QB2, as noted recently by head coach Matt Nagy.

“No. Andy (Dalton) is our starter,” Nagy told Chris Collinsworth recently (h/t NFL.com). “Again, I can’t predict anything. You know how it goes. There’s so many things that can happen between today and that Week 1, but Andy is our starter and Justin’s our No. 2. And we’re going to stick to this plan.”

At this rate, there’s legitimately no room for Foles in the Bears’ quarterback room. If they can find a suitor for his services, we’re likely talking about a future late-round draft pick as compensation. Given the varying levels of success Nick Foles has had in his career, his ability to be a veteran presence and the low cost of acquiring him, this almost makes too much sense for the Jets.