The Blake Bortles era is finally over, as the Jacksonville Jaguars have cut the former 3rd overall pick. Bortles has been the obvious piece holding back a team that was one half of football away from playing for a Super Bowl just two seasons ago.
First reported by Philly.com’s Les Bowen, the Jaguars were the front runners to sign the former Philadelphia quarterback even before free agency started. The 2017 Super Bowl MVP is coming off a productive season, only playing in five games spelling Carson Wentz when necessary, finishing with 1,413 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Cutting Bortles, of course, stems from his on-field performance, but his guaranteed $6.5 million of $14 million base salary for 2019 is a number they got off of their books. The move saved $4.5 million, but cost the team $16.5 million in dead money.
Nick Foles will never be the sole answer to the puzzle to arguably the biggest disappointing team last season, but he definitely gives the position more stability than Bortles ever did.
Being that Foles is 30 years old, his time in Jacksonville will be short term, especially if his performance doesn’t match what he did during his Super Bowl run.
The biggest question in this union will Foles get the Jaguars out of the dumps of their disappointing 5-11 season a year ago. As of right now the Jaguars still don’t have a reliable perimeter weapon to take the pressure off of Leonard Fournette, let alone Nick Foles.
Head Coach Doug Marrone is in a win-now situation, and the quarterback was the one spot that has held the team back since Blake Bortles was drafted. The Jaguar defense will still be a force even though they didn’t show the same confidence or tenacity from 2017 that created “Sacksonville” mania.
Until a reliable weapon is selected in the draft or emerges from the roster, Foles journey could end with a feeling completely opposite of the start of this union. Unfortunately, His style is not one that will be a complete franchise changing type of play.
Tom Coughlin will have to use all the experience he has to help rebuild what seems to be an imploded culture. The addition of Foles former offensive coordinator was the right step into the right direction of getting him comfortable.
As long as Nick Foles can give them the consistency that keeps them from going to a conference championship game to a below 500 team every other year. The big investment for technically a backup quarterback will be a good one in the end.