It was a disaster.
Foles’ greatest moment in white and teal, somehow, was also his worst: a gorgeous 35-yard touchdown strike to D.J. Chark in his debut that ended with a snapped clavicle.
Jacksonville paid Foles $30.5 million to make four starts and lose every one of them. He threw as many touchdown passes in one season as a Jaguar (three) than he did in one Super Bowl appearance. He missed a chunk of time early in the season due to injury, then a chunk of time late in the season because he couldn’t outplay a sixth-round rookie (albeit one with a resplendent mustache).
Let’s look back upon this era now that we can appreciate it in full.
His massive one-year payday is nearly twice what Patrick Mahomes will earn over the first four years of his rookie contract. It’s roughly what Tom Brady will be paid as a Buccaneer next season. It’s more than the combined cap hit of all five of his starting offensive linemen put together.
And here’s what the Jaguars got for that $30.5 million, broken down into an itemized list:
- Touchdown passes: three, at $10.17 million each
- Completions: 77 at $396,104 each
- Passing yards: 736 at $41,440 each
- First downs (passing and rushing): 33 at $924,242 each
- Rushing yards: 23 at $1.326 million each
- Delightful trick play receiving touchdowns: N/A. The Philly special remained Philly exclusive.
- Wins: N/A. Foles appeared in four games, all losses, in the Jags’ 6-10 season.
This was all very bad! For comparison, reigning MVP Lamar Jackson’s touchdown passes only cost $59,796 per score — 17 times less than Foles’ rare trips to the end zone. It only cost the Ravens $9,279 for each of his 232 first downs.
Credit to the Jaguars; after four years of Blake Bortles, they swung hard to find a quarterback with a winning, albeit checkered, pedigree. They wanted Foles so badly they probably negotiated against themselves to offer a player with nine starts the prior three seasons a four-year, $88 million contract. Then, once it was clear Foles (and football in general) wasn’t going to work out for them in 2020, they found a way to not only clear that disastrous contract from their books, but get the Bears to pay them a fourth-round pick for the privilege.
All Foles leaves behind for a rebuilding Jacksonville team now is memories. Some very, very expensive memories.