Prisco: Foles To Jacksonville Not A Done Deal

The Jaguars will reportedly sign Nick Foles in free agency, but Tom Coughlin may have other plans, Pete Prisco says

Taz and the Moose
March 04, 2019 - 9:44 am
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will reportedly sign Nick Foles in free agency, but Pete Prisco isn’t so sure about that.

“Look, they’ve been linked to him for a long time, but people I talk to in that building – they like him, but they don’t love him,” the CBS Sports senior NFL columnist said on Taz & The Moose. “Love him means go nuts and pay him whatever the hell he wants. I don’t think there’s a great market for Nick Foles, I’ll be honest with you. I think it’s a small market.”

Foles, 30, is 4-1 in the playoffs over the last two seasons. He led the Eagles to a 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII and was named MVP.

The Jaguars, though, might try to find a younger, cheaper replacement for Blake Bortles.

“From what I was told, Tom Coughlin might be leaning in a different direction: drafting a quarterback,” Prisco said. “Now that was going into the Combine. I haven’t talked to anybody since then to see if they were disappointed with what happened at the Combine or when they had their meetings with guys. But he’s got a little more staying power than the rest of the group. The rest of the group needs to win now or they’re probably gone, so if they get Nick Foles, those guys might be able to stay around a little longer.”

The Jaguars have finished 5-11 or worse in seven of the last eight seasons. Doug Marrone led Jacksonville to the AFC Championship in 2017 but went 5-11 in 2018.

The Jaguars have made the playoffs just three times since 1999.

“Tom Coughlin is smart enough to realize the staying power in the NFL means having a sustainable quarterback,” Prisco said. “If you’ve got these plug-and-play guys that you sign off the street, you might have that one year where you get close – or even win it like Foles did. It was magical that year. But is it sustainable? I’m not sure it is. I think there’s a little bit of in-fighting there. To say that’s a done deal, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case.”