3 Trade Destinations for Nick Foles if Jaguars Stick With Gardner Minshew
By Zach Brunner
One of the most unexpected storylines of this past NFL season was the wave of "Minshew Mania" that took over the sports world. Following a Week 1 injury to new Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles, sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew brought a jolt of life into what has recently been a one-note offense.
Minshew played well enough that the Jaguars could decide that he is their QB of the future, meaning they could try and move Foles and the three years remaining on his significantly more expensive contract.
With that in mind, here are three potential trade destinations for the veteran quarterback and Super Bowl MVP.
1. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers and long-time quarterback Philip Rivers are officially parting ways, and they could look to acquire a veteran quarterback and contend right now. The offense is still rich with weapons, featuring Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler, so they're likely going to be looking to bring in a proven passer that can keep the offense clicking. We know the Chargers will be bringing someone in at the position, and they may be able to get Foles on the cheap if the Jags are looking to free up some cap space.
2. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are leaving Oakland for Las Vegas, and current quarterback Derek Carr may not make the trip. There are rumors of the Raiders moving on from Carr, as well as documented disagreements between the quarterback and head coach Jon Gruden. This has the Raiders rumored to be in the market for just about any big-name QB on the market this offseason. The Raiders are a team looking to make a playoff pushing, and getting a fresh start with a QB that has proven playoff experience to run Gruden's offense could make a Foles deal enticing.
3. Chicago Bears
Many consider the Chicago Bears as being a team that is a competent quarterback way from contending for a Super Bowl, thanks largely in part to their elite defense. Others feel that Chicago should give their young quarterback Mitch Trubisky one last chance. Either way, acquiring Foles makes sense. Foles could earn the starting job in training camp, leaving Trubisky as one of the better backups in the league. Or, if they want to stick with Trubisky, Foles could be a solid backup and mentor, while he has already proven himself more than capable of taking over the reins if Trubisky falls flat and the team needs to make an in-season change.
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