Just a few months after acquiring him from the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford, it appears that the St. Louis Rams are sold on Nick Foles to be the quarterback of the future.
Even before he’s stepped on the field as a member of the Rams, the team is reportedly looking to sign Foles to a long-term extension.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport indicated on Monday that the Rams “have made it an offseason priority” to ink Foles to a long-term deal.
Entering the final season of his rookie deal, the former third-round pick is set to earn just $1.5 million. The Arizona product is also coming off a mediocre 2014 campaign that saw him miss the final eight games with a clavicle injury. In eight games (all starts), Foles completed less than 60 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions in en route to leading the Eagles to a 6-2 record.
In some ways, locking Foles up on a long-term deal right now makes sense. There is a chance that he’s able to return to 2013 form. That season saw the 26-year-old signal caller put up 27 touchdowns compared to two interceptions in 13 games (10 starts). However, unrealistic a return to that type of performance might be, it would place Foles’ market among the top young quarterbacks in the NFL, potentially forcing St. Louis to place the franchise tag on him next March.
For Foles, an extension would give him peace of mind heading into his first season with the team. He would also potentially risk missing out on millions should he perform at a high level this year.
Complicating things further, there is no real market set for a quarterback of Foles’ ilk. He’s started a total of just 24 games in three seasons, and doesn’t have anywhere near the sample size of other young quarterbacks that have been locked up on long-term deals in recent seasons.