The Jaguars benched Nick Foles on Sunday after an ugly first half and replaced him with rookie Gardner Minshew.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced on Monday that Minshew will start against the Chargers in Week 14. Foles will backup.
Foles struggled Sunday against Tampa Bay, completing 7/14 passes for 93 yards and one interception, while also losing two fumbles.
He broke his collarbone in the season opener and went on injured reserve. Minshew started eight games and had some strong showings and some ugly rookie moments. The Jaguars went 4-4 during that 8 game stretch.
So what will the Jaguars do with Foles? He signed a massive four-year, $88 million deal this past offseason. With Minshew back starting, the questions about Foles’ future with the team will be a big topic.
If the Jaguars just straight up release Foles they will have to eat $33.8 million in dead money in 2020. That will probably not happen.
They could designate him a post-June cut, which would be a dead cap hit of $21.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021. That is also unlikely to happen.
They could trade Foles but that’s also complicated. They could try to do what the Texans did with Brock Osweiler a few years ago. The Texans gave Osweiler a massive contract and quickly regretted it. To move on from him and his contract, they traded a second-round pick to Cleveland with Osweiler in order to dump his salary. The Rams recently did the same thing with Aqib Talib, sending him to Miami with a fifth-round pick.
Nick Foles isn’t the only story that will be discussed this offseason in Jacksonville. Head coach Doug Marrone might not be back. There’s questions about Tom Coughlin and his role there.
Owner Shad Khan will have some big decisions to make.
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