It wasn’t that long ago that it was fresh news that the Philadelphia Eagles were planning to not franchise tag Nick Foles, and to let the quarterback become a free agent on the open market. There was some speculation that Foles could be a good option for the New York Giants, who are looking for a quarterback to eventually take over for Eli Manning and to offer some competition this season at the position, but it now looks like that won’t be a viable outcome.
That’s because Foles has already found another team, and it happens to be one of the other quarterback needy teams that the Giants would have to compete with in either the draft or free agency. Foles is expected to sign with the Jaguars according to Philly.com, and that’s both good and bad for the Giants.
The bad is that there’s another quarterback off the market and the Giants won’t be able to consider bringing Foles in to serve as a backup or competition to Eli Manning this year before eventually acting as a stopgap while the team finds a franchise quarterback. Such a move wasn’t the most popular of all the potential options, but it was an option nonetheless and it puts more pressure on the Giants to find their next quarterback in the draft.
The good is that with the Jaguars finding a quarterback, they are no longer a risk to trade up past the Giants and take the player that the Giants are possibly looking at, Dwayne Haskins Jr. Haskins has been mocked to both the Giants and the Jags and with both teams picking one spot apart from each other, a trade up could easily result in the Jaguars getting the Ohio State quarterback instead of the Giants.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the draft is the way to go. The Nick Foles rumors have lasted since before the season ended, but now, we can officially put them to bed. If the Giants want a new quarterback, even as a backup, they’re going to have to look elsewhere.