In Bidding Against Themselves, The Jaguars Reportedly Gave Nick Foles 22 Million A Year To Prove To Their Locker Room That He's A Leader...Or Something.
In case you were wondering if there was any one line of thinking too looney for NFL teams while in the process of convincing themselves to overspend in free agency, let this news serve as proof positive that there is no such thing as too stupid when it comes to throwing around money on the open market. Not particularly surprising that level of crazy is coming from the franchise that placed their fate in the wildly inaccurate hand of Blake Bortles last season, but it's still a professional organization nonetheless.
If this is indeed true, and the Jaguars reasoning behind paying Nick Foles 22 million per for the next 4 years was really nothing more than an attempt to buy him respect in the locker room then something tells me the locker room that now has 4-7 less million dollars to be spread out amongst it annually might be doomed regardless of their QB's price tag. I don't care if they are built to win right now or not, because you only conduct business against yourself but for so long before it catches up to you.
Never mind the fact that, in two seasons of merely starting in relief, Nick Foles has accomplished more than the entire Jaguars' franchise ever has, for of what reverence and importance is on-field success in the Super Bowl without meeting the minimum salary threshold for leadership? That's reportedly an actual thing that crossed the mind of an actual NFL team as they negotiated by basically doing the equivalent of filling out every line with their name and a steadily increasing number at a one team silent auction. Not that it matters with 50 fucking million guaranteed coming his way, but - in retrospect - Nick Foles probably could have saved some coin on an agent if he had known that the one team that was intent on signing him out of desperation planned to act as his.