The 2017 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles have been eliminated from the playoffs, and with that comes a sigh of relief from a portion of the Eagles faithful.
The reason for this is Nick Foles. Hypothetically, if they won it all again, the Eagles front office getting rid of their now two time Super Bowl winning quarterback, (and moving on with Carson Wentz) could look like a grave mistake to many. Despite all of the talent that the latter possesses, he is starting to look like an injury prone passer. Coming off of a torn ACL and suffering a back injury the following season may be brushed aside as being unrelated injuries (which I agree with), but the fact that Foles (hypothetically) won two championships for the franchise would make this decision much too difficult for there to be a “correct” answer.
Back to reality, the New Orleans Saints may have saved Wentz’s job in Philadelphia, as it’s much easier to trade away (or simply not re-sign) a 30 year old quarterback, than a 26 year old.
There will be no shortage of quarterback-needy teams who have their eye on this situation. We will be taking a gander at four of these organizations here, today.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
This is a team who would be higher up on the list for most people. They could arguably be number one, but their current draft slot of #7 could end up playing a major role in whether or not a trade would go through. Being the highest on the draft board out of all four teams, the Jaguars could easily decide to take the future of the position with their first round pick.
Even if another team decided to jump them on the draft board, Jacksonville could still have their pick of great talents (including Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, and Kyler Murray). This all depends on if Jacksonville wants
solid veteran quarterback, or to take their shot with a young gun.
In 2017, the Eagles and Jaguars nearly met in the Super Bowl. It wasn’t Blake Bortles’ fault the Patriots came back and won, but an improvement at the position almost guarantees a Jacksonville/Philadelphia Super Bowl in that scenario. Possibly a deal involving underutilized wide receiver Keelan Cole and a mid-late round draft pick could get things done.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
Holy cow, after 16 long years as the Bengals’ head coach, Marvin Lewis was officially fired following the 2018 regular season. His infamous 0-7 playoff record, and refusal to move on from Andy Dalton (he had some good years, but he was never THE guy in that offense), will forever be synonymous with Lewis’ name.
As of now, the Bengals have yet to officially replace the consistently mediocre coach, but rumors are they are looking at Zac Taylor, the quarterbacks coach for the Las Angeles Rams.
Whether or not this happens, Cincinnati needs to find another quarterback, as it’s hard to believe they will stick with Dalton for another year. While he didn’t necessarily have a bad season (21 touchdowns to 11 interceptions in 11 games), a “pretty good” year is the best you will likely get from him (he threw for more than 4,000 yards twice in 8 seasons, and over 30 touchdowns just once).
With receivers like AJ Green and Tyler Boyd, along with Joe Mixon in the backfield, a new quarterback (such as Nick Foles) should be excited to play in this offense. Not to mention, this is a relatively weak division, and one that is ripe for the taking in 2019 and beyond.
In this case, I could see a mid round pick and Dalton securing Nick Foles, and giving the Eagles a solid backup, in case Wentz goes down again.
2. Denver Broncos
The last great quarterback to don the orange and blue was Peyton Manning, and the team won the Super Bowl in 2015 on defense alone (for the most part). Since then, however, there has been a revolving door at the position. Including names such as Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, and now Case Keenum, no one has managed to truly stand out above the rest, as a true “franchise” passer.
While they did trade DeMaryius Thomas, and have a 31 year old Emmanuel Sanders currently recovering from a torn achilles, there is plenty of other talent on that offense. Courtland Sutton and Daesean Hamilton are looking like the future at wide receiver, while Tim Patrick has impressed more as the season went along.
Phillip Lindsay rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing and one receiving), while third round pick Royce Freeman has a role in the offense as well. He’s a solid change of pace back, and very good for short yardage situations as well. They may need to improve at tight end, but the rest of the offense looks solid. Keenum threw for over 3,800 yards and 18 touchdowns (15 interceptions), and Foles would likely improve on that total, as long as the defense remains stout.
If the Eagles would accept a fourth round pick, and a defender, such as linebacker Brandon Marshall, I can see this deal getting done.
1. Miami Dolphins
The number one option aren’t unfamiliar to each other, as these two teams were linked to one another before the trade deadline, with wide receiver DeVante Parker being the key name thrown around.
Head coach Adam Gase was fired (rumored to be replaced by New England Patriots linebackers coach, Brian Flores), and Ryan Tannehill has disappointed year after year since entering the league as the eight overall pick in 2012.
Depending on what the Dolphins think about the potential of a guy like DeVante Parker, maybe there could be a deal worked out involving him (or possibly running back Kenyan Drake) and a late round draft pick to sweeten the deal.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Nick Foles or Carson Wentz is more likely (or should be) to change teams? Who are the teams you have in mind? Let me know in the comments section below! As always, thank you for reading, and have a great day.