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What might Eagles “franchising” QB Nick Foles mean for Jaguars?

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The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly made a decision involving backup store quarterback Nick Foles and his immediate future. The question becomes: does it make him more viable for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story Saturday afternoon that Philadelphia intends to place the “Franchise Tag” designation on Foles before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in March.

However, Schefter went on to report that’s only part of the story. This is because, apparently the Eagles want to place the tag on him and allow him to pick a team that he wants to go to, and have the Eagles consummate a trade.

Schefter reported the Eagles will be looking for at least a third-round pick and obviously, the team making the trade would have to have a cap room to take on at least a $20 million quarterback salary. This would mean Foles and the new team would also have an incentive to reach a long-term contract that could lower that salary number for 2019 .

This is not unlike what the Miami Dolphins tried to do with star receiver Jarvis Landry last winter.

However, after franchising Landry, the Dolphins only acquired a third round pick in last year’s draft and a future mid-round pick. Landry meanwhile cashed in financially with Cleveland with just such a new long term deal that helped the Browns in 2018.

And, Landry had a solid first year in Cleveland, as clearly the best receiver on a team that dramatically improved in the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins floundered and ended up firing both head coach Adam Gasse and VP of Football Mike Tannenbaum who were behind the decisions to Landry go among players, like Jay Ajayi and Ndamukong Suh.

Now for the part when the Jaguars come in.

First it’s obvious they’re in need of a solution at quarterback, as the team intends to part ways with their starter of the last six seasons, Blake Bortles. His release will come at a significant dead cap hit of over $20 million for 2019.

The next concern would be does: Jacksonville have enough cap space to pull off such a trade before someone else? We wrote previously about how they’re asking to restructure Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell’s deal and are also going to release tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The Jaguars hired John Defilippo last month, as their new offensive coordinator, and he was previously the quarterback coach in Philadelphia. He also tutored Foles, as he replaced injured starter Carson Wentz in 2017 and lead Philadelphia to their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

The hiring of Defilippo seemed interesting at the time, as a possible maneuver to help lower Foles to North Florida.

Now, if in fact Philadelphia is going to put a Franchise Tag on him, but still look to trade him looking. we’re going to find out how much that relationship really means.

And further, we’re going to find out if the Jaguars have the juice and the ability to outmaneuver other teams to get Foles at a deal that they can afford.

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