IT’S time to trade Nick Foles.
This offseason I had hopes that Foles would show some traits of a franchise QB. That he’d rent a house for more space (since he lives in a condo not far from me), and call a few guys down to work on some concepts and get into each other’s heads a bit more. To learn to see what each other sees, like Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas; Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski; Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson. Like Donovan McNabb used to do at his home in Arizona.
I was hoping Foles would put in that kind of work, but he wasn’t interested. This season showed the results of that lack of commitment. The league caught up to him, because he was fine with standing still. And it’s that lack of inner fire that makes him expendable.
QB Mark Sanchez is 3-1 as an EAGLES starter. He also came to our rescue in relief against the Texans, after Foles had thrown the pick six that tied the game and was injured. Considering that Sanchez played ¾ of that game, and since it was essentially 0-0 when he came in, he’s basically a 4-1 starter.
Foles on the other hand has regressed badly this season. This was of course after Head Coach Chip Kelly declared him his QB for the next 1,000 years. That statement made Foles the franchise QB in name, but there was never the faintest hint of him living up to it prior to OTA’s.
He’s under contract for another year, so we could keep him in case of emergency. However, to get value for him, it makes more sense to trade him. You won’t get much for him as he’s a 3rd round pick, with just one good year, which wasn’t enough to convince 50% of his own team’s fan base before he regressed. But if you can package him with a pick to a QB needy team, then it improves the value of whatever pick you put him with (Foles and a 4th is good for a 3rd. Foles and a 3rd is good for a 2nd …).
With teams like Dallas, Washington, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay all looking for along-term answer at QB, Nick Foles is a better option than virtually any QB likely to be on those rosters in 2015. Or we could just sit pat and watch him got to one of them anyway after his contract expires after 2015. (If Foles is going to be a Cowboy or Redskin, I want something for him!)