Admit it, the thought probably crossed your mind as you watched Foles, one of the great underdog stories in NFL history, shred the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles have two starting quarterbacks and the Jets don't have any, so ...
Sure, why not? Let's take a stab at the latest what-if scenario involving the Jets and their perpetual search for quarterback stability.
Foles has a year left on his contract ($7 million), so the Jets would have to trade for him. In my opinion, yes, it would be worth dealing a third-round pick for Foles, who played at an elite level in the crucible of the postseason (six touchdown passes, one interception and 971 yards).
But here's the reality: There's no way the Eagles will trade Foles for a third-round pick, particularly with questions surrounding Carson Wentz and his surgically repaired knee. There's some talk about the possibility of Wentz not being ready for the start of the regular season. The Eagles have the ultimate insurance policy in Foles, 29, and they'd be insane to send him away unless they receive an offer they can't refuse.
Obviously, the Jets wouldn't part with their first-round pick (sixth overall). They have two picks in the second round (37 and 49), the latter acquired in the Sheldon Richardson trade. A second-rounder is a little too rich for my blood. Before we get any further, let's point out two important factors:
Any team that trades for Foles would want to sign him to a contract extension, just as the Washington Redskins are planning to do with Alex Smith, who has one year left on his deal. So now you're talking about a new deal, probably in the $15-20 million range per year.
Second, Foles' new team would be smart to tailor its offense around his strengths. As we've seen in recent games, his strength is the run-pass option. In the postseason, he completed 72 percent of his passes on play-action, many of them on RPOs. Would the Jets be willing to base their new offense on that type of wrinkle?
In his past 16 starts, Foles has a 9-7 record, dating to his stints with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. His touchdown-interception ratio is a pedestrian 17-13.
Would he make the Jets better? Without question. Problem is, his value to the Eagles is so great, any team that wants him would have to overpay.