News broke yesterday that the Los Angeles Rams released disgruntled quarterback Nick Foles just a day before the veteran players were supposed to report for training camp.
Mike Garafolo took to Twitter and was the first announce that the Rams were expecting to release Foles.
Rams expecting to release QB Nick Foles, sources say. Trade never materialized. Release will make him a free agent. Not subject to waivers.
Then, in true Ian Rapoport fashion, he provided the follow up and made the announcement via Twitter when the move was actually made official.
And now it’s happened. Foles is a free agent. Experienced QB available. https://t.co/qDkB1RA3Ix
This isn’t particularly surprising news, especially after the Rams drafted Jared Goff in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the first overall pick. The Rams organization had tried to find a trade partner in order to receive some kind of compensation, but nothing ever materialized.
Now that Nick Foles is a free agent, what NFL team will be interested in adding them to the roster?
The New York Jets were mentioned as a favorite landing spot due to their ongoing struggle to reach a contract agreement with Ryan Fitzpatrick and their own uncertainty of who will start the season at QB. It was definitely an understandable destination for a QB that was looking to resurrect his career, but it looks like Fitzpatrick is back on a one-year contract.
Maybe the Denver Broncos, who just won the Super Bowl and had their QB Peyton Manning retire. Also, Brock Osweiler decided to head down to Houston to take over the playcalling duties, leaving Denver in search of a QB to start the 2016 season.
I however think that the Dallas Cowboys should take a long hard look and determine if Nick Foles is a better option to backup Tony Romo in 2016 then what they currently have on the roster. It’s just too bad that he’s not subject to the waiver wire, because the Cowboys are currently one of the top teams in the pecking order.
In case you have forgotten, Nick Foles was a Pro Bowl player in 2013 after he threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 10 starts for the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, his magical 2013 season didn’t last long and he was traded to the St. Louis Rams.
Last season, Foles was eventually replaced by journeymen quarterback Case Keenum after he completed just 56.4% of his throws and threw 10 interceptions. He seemed to have trouble reading defenses and made mind numbingly stupid mistakes in 2015.
So, why would the Dallas Cowboys be interested?
Well, Nick Foles is still an interesting prospect for a QB in the NFL. He has the desired size and arm strength to make all the throws, plus he has won games in the league.
That alone is something that could pique the Cowboys interest, especially considering that Tony Romo has struggled with injuries recently and that the current backup QB situation is largely untested/unproven.
Of course, this all depends on what end of the spectrum you are on in regards to Kellen Moore, who is currently slated to backup Romo in 2016.
Trust me, I have heard all of the arguments for and against Kellen Moore and to tell you the truth, I am somewhere in the middle when it comes to whether or not he could be a good backup QB for the Cowboys.
In all honesty, I think I would feel a lot more comfortable with Nick Foles as the #2 QB than I would Kellen Moore.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Moore. I just think that Foles is a better player and is more in line with what the Dallas Cowboys like to have their backup QB.
The Cowboys have shown in the past that they prefer that the backup QB has NFL experience. Not only does Foles have experience in the league, but he has it in the NFC East division. That is just an added bonus.
The Cowboys should be well aware of Nick Foles’ strengths and weaknesses since they had to face him twice a year when he was a member of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
The only question that remains is whether or not the coaching staff is comfortable with their current backup quarterback situation or if they believe that Nick Foles is a better option.
If the organization decides to go after Nick Foles, owner/general manager Jerry Jones will have to put on his salesman’s cap and convince him why becoming the Cowboys backup QB is the right and only decision to make.
Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should go after Nick Foles?
Please feel free to use the comment section below to provide your thoughts and opinions on this topic. I really look forward to hearing from all of you so that we can discuss this further.