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3 Teams Desperate Enough to Trade for Nick Foles

Max Staley
Nick Foles trade destinations could include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nick Foles trade destinations could include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. / Jason O. Watson/Getty Images
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Nick Foles' tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars did not get off to a great start. He signed a four-year, $88 million deal, but broke his collarbone midway through his first start. To make matters worse, he was largely outplayed by sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew, and he's certainly not a surefire bet to be back with the team in 2020.

While his massive salary could complicate things, there are quite a few QB-needy teams in the NFL. With that in mind, here are three teams that might be desperate enough to trade for Foles.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston might not be back with the Buccaneers in 2020.
Jameis Winston might not be back with the Buccaneers in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Foles is exactly the type of quarterback that has succeeded in Bruce Arians' system. He's a veteran, big-bodied, rocket-armed passer, though he's much more careful with the football than incumbent starter Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay is also far more desirable spot than a casual fan might expect, as the Buccaneers are loaded with top-tier skill-position players. They even graded out as a top-five defense by Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. Notably, Tampa Bay has the third-most cap space in the NFL, and the Bucs should have little issue fitting Foles in under the cap.

2. Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Philip Rivers drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

With Philip Rivers officially out of the picture in Los Angeles, the Chargers will be looking for a quarterback in 2020. While they're widely expected to try and find the long-term solution in the NFL Draft, LAC is only armed with the No. 6 pick, and the top-three passers could easily be off the board by then. Unless they want to go with Tyrod Taylor, who could be a decent stopgap option, the Chargers could use a good chunk of the $51-plus million they have in cap space to roll the dice on Foles.

3. Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr might not be making the trip to Las Vegas with the Raiders.
Derek Carr might not be making the trip to Las Vegas with the Raiders. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Derek Carr was fine in 2019, though if the Raiders are looking to make a splash in their first year in Las Vegas, he might not be the best option. There have been many reports linking Jon Gruden's team to Tom Brady, though that does seem unrealistic, at best, Alternatively, Gruden could look to bring in Foles, another former Super Bowl MVP, albeit one with a far less impressive resume. With a little more than $51 million in cap space, Las Vegas can certainly afford to gamble on Foles.


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