NFL Trade Rumors: Jaguars Want to Deal Nick Foles, Start Gardner Minshew II

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles (7) looks for a receiver against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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Just one year after signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Nick Foles could be on his way out.

As Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported, "word is the Jaguars want to go with Gardner Minshew II as their starting QB and, ideally, find a trade partner for Foles."

Of course, his contract would cause the Jaguars to "sweeten the deal" in any trade, potentially adding another pick to move the veteran quarterback. Per Spotrac, Foles has a $22.125 million cap hit for 2020.

A trade this offseason would still leave Jacksonville with $18.75 million in dead cap for 2020, but it would save more than $3 million against the cap as well as most of the actual money owed to the 31-year-old.

It's been a disastrous situation for the team after spending big on a player who was a late-season hero the past couple of seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Foles replaced the injured Carson Wentz in 2017 and lifted the team to a championship with a near-flawless showing in the playoffs, winning Super Bowl MVP after beating the New England Patriots. In 2018, he replaced Foles again and went 4-1 as a starter during the regular season before falling in the postseason.

He didn't see the same success in Jacksonville, losing all four of his starts while throwing just three touchdowns and two interceptions. After suffering a broken collarbone in Week 1, he returned to action in Week 11 before being benched because of poor play.

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There are plenty of quarterback-needy teams across the NFL, but it will be difficult to trust what version of Foles you will be getting in a trade.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars will try to move forward with Minshew, a 2019 sixth-round pick who impressed on the field last season. The Washington State product finished with 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions in 14 appearances, going 6-6 in his 12 starts.

A Foles trade would solidify Minshew's role as a starter going into 2020.