The Blake Bortles era in Duval is officially over. Just hours into the NFL free-agent tampering period, the Jacksonville Jaguars will reportedly sign former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
This has probably been the worst-kept secret around the NFL world over the past couple weeks. Suggestions well before free agency started were that the Jaguars would ultimately sign Foles to replace Bortles.
That’s now happened.
This is a marked upgrade for the Jaguars under center. Foles, 30, has been the NFL’s equivalent of a closer over the past two seasons in Philadelphia.
He replaced an injured Carson Wentz under center late in the 2017 campaign — ultimately leading the Eagles to the Lombardi Trophy with a win over New England in the Super Bowl.
This past season also saw Foles replace Wentz late in the campaign. He led the team to a playoff win before falling to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
The deal is said to be worth a whopping $88 million over four seasons. It’s a clear indication that Jacksonville is out of the quarterback market heading into draft season.