PHILADELPHIA (FOX 29) - Free-agent quarterback Nick Foles is expected to sign a multiyear contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars as early as next week.
Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles announced they would not use the franchise tag on the MVP of Super Bowl LII, allowing him to become a free agent.
"It's hard when you have someone who is incredibly valuable to your organization, the most important position in sports," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said during the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. "But at the same time, he deserves an opportunity to lead a team. It's a goal of his to lead another team and lead another locker room, and we feel at this point it's the right decision."
Roseman said the Eagles agreed to make the move after Foles expressed his desire during a recent meeting.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports Foles could sign with the Jaguars when the new league year opens next week, as the Jags are expected to release quarterback Blake Bortles.
The 30-year-old Foles comes with a solid resume.
He was Philadelphia's third-round pick in 2012, starting six games as a rookie and 18 more before signing with the Rams in 2015. After one season as the starter in St. Louis, he moved to Kansas City, where he rejoined former Eagles coach Andy Reid to serve as the backup to Alex Smith. In 2016, Foles returned to Philadelphia to mentor Wentz and wound up becoming a fan favorite and a Super Bowl champ.