Mays: I Don't Think Foles' Deal "Had To Be That Big"

The Jaguars finally have their quarterback – but they might have overpaid for him

Reiter Than You
March 12, 2019 - 9:35 pm
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will reportedly sign former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal, which includes $50 million guaranteed. Foles, 30, has had an up-and-down career, but he is 4-1 in his last five playoff games and an upgrade over Blake Bortles, who threw for 13 touchdowns in 13 games last season.

This deal makes sense, right?

“It makes sense to me in some ways, but I also just don’t think it had to be that big,” The Ringer NFL writer Robert Mays said on Reiter Than You. “The idea that they had to give him $22 million a year to communicate to their locker room that he was the unquestioned starter – well, if he’s making $17 million and you don’t draft a guy in the first round, who do people think is the starter? So that entire argument just always seemed strange to me.”

If you think that extra $5 million a year isn’t important, well, it is.

“If he’s good, none of this matters,” Mays said. “That’s the end-all, be-all of team-building in the NFL. But the idea that $4-5 million more a year isn’t important, I don’t really believe that. Jermey Parnell, your right tackle – your solid right tackle – was supposed to make $6 million this year. He got cut in order to free up that money for Nick Foles. Now you don’t have a right tackle. 

“So that’s the sacrifices that teams make,” Mays continued. “You can have Nick Foles instead of Blake Bortles – who, by the way, they’re paying at least $10 million in dead money this year. You can have one over the other, but you can’t have them in a vacuum. You do sacrifice things. There are consequences to making that choice. And whether you think that Nick Foles and the upgrade to Nick Foles can overcome how much you’re going to be deficient at other positions, that’s an entirely different conversation. 

“But the notion that the money doesn’t matter because all they needed was a quarterback, that’s just ignoring how many other aspects of team-building happen in the NFL.”

In other offseason news, the Raiders acquired Antonio Brown from the Steelers for third- and fifth-round picks. Good move?

“I’m surprised the Raiders have been as aggressive as they have been, but I get it,” Mays said. “They’re really trying to sell a fan base on the fact that they’re trying. I get their strategy. I don’t know how well it’s going to work. They’re a team that’s now in the middle ground. Do you really want to pay Derek Carr as much as you’re paying him? I could absolutely see them making a move at quarterback in the draft.”