The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. They have been working on the structure of a contract, as the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported.
As McLane also reported, it might not place Foles among the league’s highest-paid QBs, since the Jags appear to be the only bidder. (Officially, the “legal tampering” period during which such activity is sanctioned begins March 11. But the Eagles’ announcement that they don’t plan to use the franchise tag on Foles would seem to make any possible tampering concerns moot.)
Jacksonville has been widely speculated as the most likely landing spot, but it was still possible to make cases for other hypothetical suitors, such as the New York Giants.
When Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur spoke with reporters at the NFL scouting combine, Shurmur was much more emphatic than Gettleman about continuing 38-year-old Eli Manning’s tenure as the team’s starter.
But it seemed Gettleman was talking about possibly bringing in veteran competition for Manning while the Giants develop the quarterback they are expected to draft sixth overall next month. That would not be a situation for Foles.