The signing ushers in a new era under center in Duval and brings another to a close.
Rapoport added that Jacksonville is expected to release quarterback Blake Bortles when Foles' deal is made official. Bortles, who spent five years in Jacksonville and signed a three-year extension with the organization just 13 months ago, will be a free agent upon his release.
Foles landing in Jacksonville wasn't shocking in the least. Their pairing was rumored and expected ever since the Jaguars hired his former quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator in January. From there, the dots were connected, and the dominoes fell in the right order.
Philly exercised its team option on Foles in February, which the QB quickly voided for the sum of $2 million. Then, the Eagles chose not to franchise-tag Foles, forgoing the power to trade the QB to a preferred suitor and risking him signing with a division rival in New York and Washington.
Which begs the question: Why did Jacksonville pay so handsomely ($22 million) for a clutch albeit inconsistent free-agent quarterback with no other legitimate bidders?
Garafolo reported that, despite Foles' market or lack thereof, Jacksonville wanted to give Foles a "respectable starting quarterback contract" to ensure his status as the leader of the team, not just in the short term, but for the foreseeable future. At $22 million per year, Foles ranks below Flacco and above Russell Wilson as the 11th highest-paid QB by AAV in the league.