Nick Foles Trade Rumors: Jaguars Plan to Keep QB Despite Gardner Minshew's Play

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Nick Foles #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars warms up before the start of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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With Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline quickly approaching, the Jacksonville Jaguars "don't have plans" to offload Nick Foles, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

The Jaguars placed Foles on injured reserve in September after he suffered a broken left clavicle in the team's Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. In his absence, Gardner Minshew II has become a star in Jacksonville, throwing for 1,976 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions in eight games.

Foles returned to practice ahead of the team's 29-15 win over the New York Jets. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters the team would "gradually work him back in there" in terms of getting back for game action.

Once Foles is back to 100 percent, Marrone will have a difficult decision. Minshew has done nothing to warrant a demotion, but the team gave Foles a four-year, $88 million contract in order to be the starting quarterback.

Now that he's getting over his shoulder injury, playoff contenders in need of a QB would probably be willing to send a few assets to Jacksonville in order to acquire Foles. In that sense, the Jaguars would be smart to at least listen to any offer.

Barring a significantly one-sided deal, the Jags should keep Foles through the deadline, though. They basically have two starting-caliber passers, a luxury afforded to few other teams in the NFL. If Foles were to leave, Jacksonville would be a Minshew injury away from relying on Joshua Dobbs as the No. 1 option.

Then there's the fact the Jaguars would absorb a $6.5 million salary-cap hit in dead money for 2019 and an $18.75 million cap hit in 2020 while saving just $5.5 million this season. Trading Foles right now makes no financial sense, which is as good a reason as any to keep him on the roster for at least the remainder of the year.