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Jaguars make official QB Nick Foles signing

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With the official start of free agency, the Jaguars could also make official their agreement with Eagles free-agent quarterback Nick Foles.

The team released a statement with quotes and obviously was ready to tout Foles’ signing on the internet:

Foles cashed in big, as a free agent, on a four-year deal. And, his agency was also promoting the amount of guaranteed money that Foles will receive.

That is a staggering raise at $22 million a year and it’s basically all guaranteed for the first two years of the contract.

A big part of the courtship and eventual signing of the Super Bowl hero from 2 years ago is that he’s reuniting with his former quarterback coach in Philadelphia, John DeFilippo. DeFilippo was hired in January by the Jaguars to be their new offensive coordinator in what appeared to be a transparent attempt to recruit Foles to North Florida.

He told Jaguars.com:

Obviously, Nick’s a great leader,” DeFilippo said. “First off, he’s a great person, and whenever you’re a person of high character that obviously gains respect of not only the building but teammates as well.

“He’s going to bring a steadiness to our team. This is hopefully just the start for helping us get our team better. There’s no quarterback that can do it by himself in this league. This is just the beginning of accomplishing what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Later Wednesday evening, the Jags website released a “film session” video with coach Doug Marrone making comments about what they like about Foles:

While Foles has started very few regular season games over the last two years (8) in Philadelphia, he did win all three 2017 postseason games replacing the injured Carson Wentz, including the Super Bowl 52 victory over the Patriots. That’s where he threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown on a trick play from tight end Trey Burton. Foles was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

And a year ago with Wentz injured again late in the year, Foles lead Philadelphia to a playoff win at Chicago before they were beaten by the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional round.

Foles, DiFilippo, Coach Doug Marrone and VP of football Tom Coughlin, will all meet with the media about his signing on Thursday.

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