Six million dollars. That’s what the Los Angeles Rams paid quarterback Nick Foles (roster bonus) in March of this year. Sounds like the kind of check you’d cut for your starting QB.
But that’s not the case for Foles. And it’s apparent he knows it.
The Rams kicked off the first wave of their organized team activities (OTA) program on Tuesday, and the fifth year pro was a no-show. His remaining $1.75 base salary is also fully guaranteed, and he cannot be fined for missing OTA’s, as they’re voluntary.
Foles was brought in last year, in a trade that sent Sam Bradford to the Eagles, in hopes that he could revert back to his 2013, Pro Bowl caliber, form. That didn’t come to fruition. Foles started in nine games - going 4-5 in the win/loss column - before being replaced by the team’s "current starter" Case Keenum.
Foles finished the season with 2,052 yards, seven touchdowns, ten interceptions, five fumbles, and a 69.0 QB rating. Prior to his brutal 2015 campaign, the Rams’ brass had enough confidence in him that they decided to lock him up for a few years -- giving him a two-year extension in August. It was a curious decision, considering Les Snead wasn’t confident Foles would pan out:
We also knew grabbing that extra second-round pick, whoever our quarterback was going to be last year might not work out, so it would be time to start looking again.
Snead also points out how the Rams gained an additional 2nd-round pick in that trade. And they didn’t hesitate to use it. Having drafted Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Foles knows his chances of being a starting quarterback for the Rams looks even more grim. I suppose he’s got 7.75 million reasons not to care.