Change happens quickly in the NFL.
As recently as this past March, Foles collected a $6 million roster bonus, capitalizing on the team's uncertainty under center.
Four months later, Foles is looking for work after Wednesday's release, deemed by coach Jeff Fisher as "the best decision for all parties involved."
Foles' 16-month stint with the Rams was emblematic of the conundrum facing NFL teams without the benefit of a franchise quarterback.
General manager Les Snead pulled the trigger on the Foles-Bradford trade with eyes wide open, fully understanding that he might have to embark on another search for a quarterback within the next year.
Sustained success in the 21st century correlates to steady quarterback performance. If absent that luxury, desperate organizations are forced to conduct exhaustive searches for a solution to professional sports' trickiest position, depleting resources otherwise spent stockpiling talent to compete with the perennial superpowers.
Foles was exposed as the putative solution in Los Angeles. Perhaps he can salvage his career as a high-end insurance policy in Kansas City, Dallas, Baltimore or Seattle.
Here's what else we learned from Wednesday's action in training camps around the league:
Back in the saddle
The most overplayed anti-drama of the offseason has mercifully been extinguished. The Jets have reeled in free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick back into the fold with a one-year, $12 million contract that features an additional $3 million in incentives. The new deal constitutes a raise of nearly 300 percent for Fitzpatrick, who was reportedly holding out for a multi-year contract before the Jetsimposed a 7 p.m. Wednesday deadline to pull their offer off the table.
Now that Fitzpatrick is en route to camp, Jets fans can finally banish fears of a Geno Smith-led offense for 2016.
Three-horse race in Denver
When coach Gary Kubiak closed out the Broncos' offseason program last month, he noted that Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian were neck-and-neck for the top spot on the QB depth chart. Entering training camp, though, it's clear that first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch remains in the hunt for the Week 1 starting job.
- The other side of the ball provided news of its own on Wednesday, as cornerback Aqib Talib and pass rusher DeMarcus Ware opened camp on the non-football injury list. Kubiak said he expects Talib back on the field "real soon." The three-time Pro Bowler is recovering from a June 5 incident in which he was shot in the leg. Ware has been sidelined by ongoing back issues.
- We learned Tuesday that the Chiefs will be without two of their most decorateddefensive stars for the opening of training camp. Now we know that the team's biggest offensive star will also be sidelined -- at least temporarily. Returning from ACL surgery, Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles will open camp on the PUP list. Unlike Justin Houston, Charles is fully expected to answer the bell by the time the regular season rolls around in September.
- Antonio Brown will be on hand for the start of Steelers camp on Thursday, reported NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, but the All-Pro wideout is confident that the organization will reward him with a pay raise before the season opens. Brown has outplayed a six-year, $43 million contract that calls for a $6 million salary in 2016.
- Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Michael Floyd hopes to stay in Arizona on a long-term contract, but understands the onus is on him to produce at a more consistent level in 2016.